This development comes shortly after the passage of the Forest Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which critics argue weakens existing safeguards in Indian forest law.
"Now the Union Ministry says the state's order is withdrawn. In its hurry to do away with 'deemed' forests, the Modi government has actually doomed forests," Ramesh said in his post on X.
In the forest areas on which tribal claimed their first right, a total of 16,070.58 hectares of land has been diverted to various development purposes under the Forest Conservation Act 1980.
The changes in the Forest Act are likely to adversely impact our green cover; and, in the long term, our battle to reverse climate change.
The bill potentially exposes large tracts of forest lands (that fall within the scope of the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), 1980) for the diversion for non-forestry activities, critics point out.