Forest Guards: Endangering life to protect forest

Lalit Shastri

Video shows forest dwellers threatening, manhandling and pushing a junior forest department functionary in the Nawra range of Nepanagar in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh in central India when he was performing his duty and trying to stop them from axing the trees and destroying forest.

This is the state of affairs as recorded in the Nawra range of Nepanagar in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh in central India. This is how the junior forest department staff is facing grave threat to life day in and day out in the tribal dominated forest areas. Look at the bravery of the forest guard. How he is putting duty above life to save the forest. These tribals are encouraged by the leftist and Maoist groups to defy the law enforcing authorities, clear fell and encroach upon new forest areas and they get protection from politicians , who treat the tribals and forest dwellers as a vote bank.

Forest Rights Act:

Bulldozing strong objections raised by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government had got the Scheduled Tribes (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill cleared in Parliament and the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, also called the Forest Rights Act was brought in force on 31 December 2007 to vest the forest rights and occupation in forest land to the Scheduled Tribes residing in forest areas. This one Act has lead to massive forest destruction. 

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