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Individual and Community Rights

Rights to tribal and other traditional forest dwellers

The Tribal and other traditional forest dwellers have been granted individual rights and community rights as per provisions of the Scheduled Tribes & Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act, 2006.

Individual Rights

Section 3 of Forest Rights Act recognizes the rights of such dwellers to hold & live in the Forestland under the individual or common occupation for habitation or for self-cultivation & livelihood.

Community Rights

The FRA recognizes and vests secure community tenure on 'community forest resources', which are defined as common forest land within the traditional or customary boundaries of the village or seasonal use of landscape in case of pastoral communities, including reserved forests, protected forests and protected areas such as sanctuaries and national parks to which the community had traditional access.

The recognized community rights are listed in Chapter 2 of the Act.

Following cases have been settled as on 31.10.2014

Category of Rights Titles Issued Forest Area Involved (In ha.)
Individual 4,11,082 2,47,600
Community 5,964 1,33,032