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From 50 Years Ago (18 Ferbuary 2006)

Forest Statistics in our hands just at this time. and 91 million partially dependent on Forest FROM 50 YEARS AGO What could be better for those unfortunate and Forest Industries. This is startling indeed ones who want to take their minds away from and should give added impetus to Vana Planning for a while and yet cannot betake Mahotsava. Whoever can say after this that themselves to the forests than to turn over its

Forest Statistics in our hands just at this time. and 91 million partially dependent on Forest

FROM 50 YEARS AGO

What could be better for those unfortunate and Forest Industries. This is startling indeed

ones who want to take their minds away from and should give added impetus to Vana

Planning for a while and yet cannot betake Mahotsava. Whoever can say after this that

themselves to the forests than to turn over its ‘tapovanas’ have disappeared from the face

pages and wallow in forest statistics?… of India,when 135 million out of her total

In the tables there are many gaps, eg, in population of 357 million continue to derive Vol VIII, No 7, February 18, 1956

those purporting to give the estimates of the their livelihood, directly or indirectly, from her Away from Planning –volume of standard timber and firewood... forests? The Introductory Note solemnly

One cannot very well hold the compilers reproduces these figures, disdaining to takeTo the Forests responsible for the remissness of the report-any note of a humbler series in another table(Editorial) ing authorities; one can only admire their in which the daily average of persons em

courage and boldness in pressing ahead with ployed in forest and forest industries is given

To those who are denied the pleasure of the totals, undeterred by gaps or thoughts of as 370 thousand, of which 120 thousand are travelling – in a planned economy in the comparability. But just as there are gaps in mainly and 251 thousand partially so emmaking, such pleasure should be strictly ver-some places where information is most to be ployed. The Directorate have been so busyboten, being anti-social – there is the substi-desired, there is too much information in centralising these statistics and taking overtute satisfaction of turning over the pages of others where gaps would have been more from the Forest Department that they probablya railway time-table or studying bus routes discreet. The tables of employment are a case did not have the time or the energy left to look and road maps. The Directorate of Economics in point. The total employment in forests is into such minor details. Or is it that they, too, and Statistics of the Ministry of Food & given as 135 million in 1951-52, of which have become employment-minded and fallenAgriculture have thoughtfully placed Indian 44 million are supposed to have been mainly a victim to the Government propaganda?

Economic and Political Weekly February 18, 2006

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