Bill to amend Indian Forest Act tabled in Lok Sabha

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Mains Paper 2: Polity | Parliament & State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges & issues arising out of these

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Indian Forest Act, non-forest areas

Mains level: British era acts and provisions that need to be amended according to present needs


News

The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017

  1. The bill would amend the Indian Forest Act to exempt felling and transportation of bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the state permit
  2. It would omit bamboos growing in non-forest areas from the definition of trees

Background

  1. Last month, the government had come out with an ordinance to amend the Indian Forest Act, 1927 in this regard
  2. Prior to issuance of the ordinance, the definition of tree in the Act included palm, bamboo, brushwood and cane

Why this move?

  1. Bamboo, though taxonomically a grass, is treated as tree under the Act and attracts the requirement of permit for transit
  2. While many states have exempted felling and transit of various species of bamboos within the states, the interstate movement of bamboos require permit
  3. 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
Plantation Agriculture – RISPC, Tea Act, etc.
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