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Forest Rights

Madhu Ramnath’s ‘Surviving the Forest Rights Act’ (March 1) is a good survey of the debate around the Forest Rights Act. However, some facts may need clarification or correction.

Ramnath appears to confuse the gram sabha and the gram panchayat (hence the references to sarpanch raj, etc). The panchayat has no role in the Forest Rights Act or Rules, aside from calling the initial gram sabha meeting.

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