How the state is reclaiming power over tribal communities4 min read . Updated: 04 Feb 2016, 01:48 AM IST
Not recognising common property resources that tribes collectively manage is not only economic injustice, but also breaks traditional order of tribal societies
Indigenous tribes constitute about 8% of India’s population--about 100 million people. Two superbly progressive pieces of legislation—the Forest Rights Act (2006) and the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (1996)—established a framework for local self-governance in demarcated (or “scheduled") areas. The FRA clarified further that these communities had the sole right to sell proceeds from forests.
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