ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Implementation of Forest Rights Act 2006 in Odisha

Analysing the problem-ridden process of implementing the Forest Rights Act 2006 in Odisha, this paper points out that it has focused more on providing land rights to individual claimants, neglecting community forest rights, the rights in protected areas, and other such provisions. Even so, the number of titles granted to tribal households is small compared to their total number in the state. Effective and comprehensive implementation of the FRA will have a significant impact on the livelihood of forest dwellers and the conservation of forests. The benefits could be more if this is accompanied by value addition to non-timber forest products and action to ensure reasonable prices for them.
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