Amendment to Indian Forest Act 1927 passed in Lok Sabha now Bamboo is not a tree
A bill to exclude bamboo from the definition of "tree" under the Indian Forest Act was passed by the Lok Sabha. This will be the amendment to Indian Forest Act, 1927. Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Harsh Vardhan said the changes in law would encourage bamboo plantation by farmers. The bill permits felling and transit of bamboo grown in non-forest areas, he said, adding that it would help improve the rural economy.
He clarified that bamboo grown on forest lands would continue to be classified as the tree and would be guided by restrictions as per the law.The bill, which will replace the ordinance promulgated by the President on November 23, seeks to exempt bamboos grown on non-forest areas from the requirement of the permit for felling or transit under the Forest Act.
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Harsh Vardhan Indian Forest Act-1927
Forest Conservation Act-1980
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