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Jharkhand CM writes to PM Modi on adverse impact of Forest Conservation Rules 

Ranchi, December 2: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has written a letter to the  Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring under his notice the plight of the indigenious communities of the state who are known to worship nature in various forms and the ones who will be severely impacted by the Forest Conservation Rules 2022. 

The Chief minister in his letter written on December 1 and released to the media by CM secretariat on Friday has stated that in the new notification of Forest Conservation Rules 2022, the mandatory requirements of obtaining the prior consent of the Gram Sabha for utilizing forest land for non-forestry purposes has been shockingly obliterated. This has created a situation where once forest clearance is granted everything else becomes a mere formality and the state government finds itself under even greater pressure from the centre to accelerate the diversion of forest land.

The Chief Minister has laid special emphasis on the fact that an estimated 200 million people across India depend on forests for their primary livelihood, and around 100 million people live on land classified as forests. These new rules will end up uprooting the rights of these people who have called the forests their homes for generations. It is the need of the hour to employ sustainable practices so that we can collectively embark on the path of progress with inclusivity as the core idea. Therefore, theChief Minister has urged the Prime Minister to relook at the Forest Conservation Rules 2022 and maintain systems and procedures that protect the rights of the tribals and forest communities in the country.

The letter highlights the violation of Forest Act 2006, in respect to the changes resulting from the Forest Conservation Rules, 2022.

Several opposition parties including Congress and CPM and farmers outfit have been raising objection against the Forest Conservation Rules 2022 which was notified earlier this year. 

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