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Devendra Pandey Committee on Forest Rights Act

Devendra Pandey Committee has been constituted jointly by two ministries of Government of India viz. Environment and Forest Ministry, and the Tribal Affairs Ministry to study and assess the impacts of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (recognition of forest rights) Act, 2006, with regards to the Sustainable Management of Forest Resources.
Study Area:
Committee will study in detail the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and its impact on Forest Management. The deadline of 3 months has been given to this committee for submitting its findings.
First Meeting:
On February 11, 2010 the first meeting of this committee was held and chaired by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.
Members of the Committee:
Devendra Pandey who heads this committee is Former DG, Forest Survey of India. Other members of the committee are DG, ICFRE, Dehradun; Dr H S Pabla, PCCF(WL), M P, Bhopal, IGF(EAP); Dr A K Jha, Commissioner, Tribal Research and Training Institute, Pune; A K Srivastava, Director, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, New Delhi, Ashish Kothari, Director, Kalpavrikash, Harini Nagendra, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore; DIG (FP), MoEF; R K Dogra, ADG (E), ICFRE, Dehradun(Member Secretary).
Functions of This committee:
  • This Committee will study in detail the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and its impact on Forest Management.
  • Apart from this the committee has also to identify the role of stakeholders and beneficiaries in the conservation, restoration and regeneration of forests.
  • The committee will give its recommendation on measures and guidelines to involve these stake holders in forest restoration and regeneration.
  • The committee will also identify opportunities for and recommend measures to ensure convergence of various beneficiary oriented programmes for the forest rights holders taken up by various departments in the states.
  • The committee has also to define a new role for the Forest Department vis-a-vis the Gram Panchayat for forest conservation and regeneration.
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Last Updated: November 22, 2013