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NDA's forest policy begins to fall into place

The proposed changes could see growing use of forest land for commercial and developmental projects

NDA's forest policy begins to fall into place

The government recently disowned its draft National Forest Policy, raising a stink. It intends to now come up with a new draft at some later stage for public consultations. But the draft, widely floating around by the time it was withdrawn, has given a good sense of the direction forest-related policy is poised to take. Coupled with the draft forest policy, the NDA government has made three other key moves. It has set about trying to bypass the Forest Rights Act. It is about to finalise a regime to allow wood-based industry to use government controlled forests and it hopes the unlocking ...