India: Indigenous Peoples Reclaim Right to Forest in Jharkhand
No implementation The Forest Right Act of 2006 promised the forest dwellers of Jharkhand recognition of their rights over land and ecology. However six years after the law was passed the implementation of the law is not what was expected.
Repeated violations of the Act and lacking willingness to implement the act from implementing bodies are the reality for the forest dwellers. Lacking documentation Documentation of the forest dwellers right to manage the forest has still not been provided by the Jharkhand state. Claim forms from 18 villages were filed last year however no claims have been passed by the authorized committee for recognition (DLC).