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What are deemed forests? Why is Karnataka Government releasing 6.64 lakh hectares of deemed forests?

The State Government of Karnataka recently announced that it will soon declassify 6.64 lakh hectares of 9.94 hectares of deemed forests in the state. This is around 67% of the deemed forest land. What are deemed forests? Deemed Forests are land tracts that appear to be forest but have not been notified as forest in ..