Implementation of Forest Rights Act 2006
Keeping up with the Rights based approach to conservation, many discussions were held in both the villages about the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forests Rights) Act, 2006. Officially the process of recognition of community and individual forest rights has been slow in taking off. After the discussions and facilitated by Kalpavriksh (KV),  villagers in Yelavali decided to take the process forward, passed a resolution in their village assembly, formed a forests rights committee (FRC), and filed the claims and submitted them to the Sub-divisional level, as is required. Yelavali became the first village in Khed District to file claims for individual rights over forest resources. No occupied land rights were filed. These claims were filed in the year 2009. However, since then the process has not moved ahead. Continuous follow up reveals the claims to be stuck at the Sub Divisional Level Committee. A number of reasons have been given as to why this has not move ahead, none of these reasons have been very satisfactory. We have written a letter to Tribal Commissioner based in Nasik in May 2011 (witha follow up letter in Aug 2011 for implementation of the Act in Maharashtra). A detailed study on implementation of FRA was carried out by Meenal Tulpule for her M.Sc. dissertation