Tribal affairs ministry constitutes committee on CFR guidelines under FRA

4 March 2020

One of the community forests developed and maintained by the scheduled tribes in Gasaba reserve forest of Araku forest range in Dumbriguda mandal of Visakhapatnam district. The scheduled tribes are seeking community pattas under the Forest Rights Act.


The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has constituted a committee to examine and recommend Community Forest Resources (CFR Guideline) under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA)


  • Committee works under N C Saxena,former member of the Planning Commission of India.
  • The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act was been enacted in 2006.
  • This was enacted with the objective of remedying the historical injustice to the forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers of the country.
  • However, even after lapse of more than four years of its implementation, the Ministry has observed that the flow of intended benefits of this welfare legislation to the eligible forest dwellers remains constrained.
  • In order to address the above concerns and to ensure effective implementation of the Act, the Ministry has undertaken an exercise to arrive at certain provisions/ steps which will facilitate robust implementation of the Act.
  • The Committee will provide a report clarifying concepts and structure the procedures that make implementation of CFR guidelines easy and understand.

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