PART II, SECTION 1
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
No. 2, NEW DELHI, TUESDAY, JANUARY 2,2007 / PAUSA 12,1928
MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE
New Delhi, the 2nd January, 2007/Pausa 12,1928 (Saka)
The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the 29th December, 2006, and is hereby published for general information:—
THE SCHEDULED TRIBES AND OTHER TRADITIONAL FOREST
DWELLERS (RECOGNITION OF FOREST RIGHTS) ACT, 2006
No. 2 of 2007
[29 th December, 2006]
An Act to recognise and vest the forest rights and occupation in forest land in forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers who have been residing in such forests for generations but whose rights could not be recorded; to provide for a framework for recording the forest rights so vested and the nature of evidence required for such recognition and vesting in respect of forest land.
Whereas the recognised rights of the forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers include the responsibilities and authority for sustainable use, conservation of biodiversity and maintenance of ecological balance and thereby strengthening the conservation regime of the forests while ensuring livelihood and food security of the forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers;
And whereas the forest rights on ancestral lands and their habitat were not adequately recognised in the consolidation of State forests during the colonial period as well as in independent India resulting in historical injustice to the forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers who are integral to the very survival and sustainability of the forest ecosystem;
And whereas it has become necessary to address the long standing insecurity of tenurial and access rights of forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers including those who were forced to relocate their dwelling due to State development interventions.
Be it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:—
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