Bill to Amend Indian Forest Act

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The bill would amend the Indian Forest Act to exempt felling and transportation of bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the state permit

It would omit bamboos growing in non-forest areas from the definition of trees

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BACKGROUND

Last month, the government had come out with an ordinance to amend the Indian Forest Act, 1927 in this regard

Prior to issuance of the ordinance, the definition of tree in the Act included palm, bamboo, brushwood and cane

BAMBOO

Bamboo, though taxonomically a grass, is treated as tree under the Act and attracts the requirement of permit for transit

While many states have exempted felling and transit of various species of bamboos within the states, the interstate movement of bamboos require permit

The farmers are facing hardships in getting the permits for felling and transit of bamboos which acts as a major impediment to the cultivation of bamboos by farmers on their land

SOURCE – THE INDIAN EXPRESS.

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