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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

ThegovernmentrecentlydisowneditsdraftNationalForestPolicy,raisingastink.Itintendstonowcomeupwithanewdraftatsomelaterstageforpublicconsultations.Butthedraft,widelyfloatingaroundbythetimeitwaswithdrawn,hasgivenagoodsenseofthedirectionforest-relatedpolicyispoisedtotake. Coupledwiththedraftforestpolicy,theNDAgovernmenthasmadethreeotherkeymoves.IthassetabouttryingtobypasstheForestRightsAct.Itisabouttofinalisearegimetoallowwood-basedindustrytousegovernmentcontrolledforestsandithopestheunlocking ...