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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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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, 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.