*One day workshop organised on Forest Rights Act* _DC Doda discuses modalities for effective implementation of Forest Rights Act_ *Directs BDO’s to organise Gram sabha’s for formulation of FRC at Panchayat level* _DDC members calls FRA a benevolent piece of legislation aims to safeguard the Community forest rights_

Publish Date : 22/02/2021
Doda,January 07:
Deputy Commissioner Doda,Dr Sagar D Doifode today chaired a one day workshop organised by the District Administration Doda to discuss the modalities for spreading effective implementation of provisions of Forest Rights Act and constitution of Forest Rights Committees at Gram Panchayat level,  here at DC Office Conference Hall Doda.
The meeting was attended by DDC members, BDC Chairperson’s,ADC Doda, ADC Bhaderwah,Divisional Forest Officer Doda,ACR Doda, SDMs,Revenue officers, BDO’S and Range Officers.
During the meeting, the DFO Doda through powerpoint presentation highlighted the salient features of Act and rules including various guidelines were discussed in detail,adding to this role, responsibility and composition of various committees were also presented before the participants.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC asked the DDC members, BDC’s and concerned officers to have a better understanding of the provisions so that objective of the Act can be fulfilled in letter and spirit.
The DC informed in the workshop that FRA recognizes rights of forest dwellers (ST/OTFD) on ancestral lands and their habitat, which were not adequately recognized. It also includes responsibility and authority for sustainable use, conservation of biodiversity and maintenance of ecological balance.
The DC directed the Rural Development Department to conduct the Gram sabha’s across the district by tommorrow for formulation of Forest Rights Committee (FRC), besides urged the DDC members and BDC’S to participate in the Gram sabha’s in their respective areas.
It was informed that the Committee shall have not less than ten and not exceeding fifteen persons with two third members from scheduled tribes & not less than one third women members adding to this the FRC shall decide on a chairperson and a secretary.
Calling it a benevolent piece of legislation,the DDC members said that the earlier legislation with regard to forest rights were limited,and the new act ensures safeguard of community forest rights,by taking the grass root level into the consideration.
Meanwhile the DDC members and BDC’S raised some queries regarding the implementation of the act,which were satisfactorily answered by the Deputy Commissioner Doda and other concerned Officers.
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