In 1996 certain cases of conflict further weakened forest protection. The need for invigorating the protection stemmed from a case where a villager of one hamlet cut a mahua tree without the permission of the committee. This agitated other members from the same hamlet, and two groups were formed. Both groups felt that the forest protection did not yield any result and implied that they were not satisfied with the functioning of the committee. A series of discussions were held and it was found that the committee had a number of weaknesses. A majority felt the need for restructuring it. The main problem identified was that the committee continued to function without any change or review of its activities or leadership rotation.
After more deliberation in 1997, a general body meeting was called again to elect a new forest protection committee. Eight members were elected and new rules and regulations were set to enable the committee to evolve. The new protection arrangement had two new provisions. One was that the moharirs were taken in as regular committee members for the first time, and the second was the equal distribution of the collection among the committee members (earlier it was only for moharirs).
Some of the new rules were:
1. The secretary and assistant secretary would approve the applications of villagers for forest requirements and inform the moharirs.
2. The four moharirs would go patrolling on a rotation basis: i.e., two of them on alternate days unlike the earlier system.
3. A monthly contribution of Rs 35 or 15 tambi of paddy per household was fixed as charges towards protection. This was divided equally among all the eight members of the committee.
4. Prize money was awarded for information/intimation about a forest offence. For a general villager it was Rs 30 and for committee members including the moharirs it was Rs 20.
5. The rule that no tree was to be cut without permission would have to be strictly followed.
6. In case of an application, the committee members would enquire whether the need is genuine or not, and accordingly assign the task to the moharirs.
7. Maximum two trees per household were allowed to be cut in a year. If more trees were required, then they would have to be bought from outside. A charge of Rs 10 was to be collected and deposited in the committee fund.
8. A fine amount of Rs 50 was fixed for a villager from Phuljhar. The amount could also differ from case to case and when the offender was from another village.
9. For marriages, one tree and branches was allowed for a chamundia (platform with temporary roof) made of tree branches.
10. After a tree is cut, the root is to be preserved for regeneration and the committee makes provisions for protecting it.
The committee has the primary function of protecting the forest. Besides that it has certain seasonal functions. In the agricultural season the committee takes decisions and imposes penalty on cattle-owners when cattle destroy the crops. It also acts similarly during the vegetable cultivation season. The committee also intervenes and decides in conflict situations. The committee members do not have a fixed tenure, but continue to function till a conflict between members arises or the committee does not function well. If there are many complaints against a single member, then the member is replaced with someone else.