Indian Forests (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Question: The purpose of the Indian Forests (Amendment) Bill, 2017, is to amend the Act?
(a) Indian Forest Act, 1927
(b) Indian Forest Act, 1956
(c) Indian Forest Act, 1982
(d) Indian Forest Act, 1986
Answer: (a)
Related Facts:

  • On December 27th, 2017Parliament passed the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  • This bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 18, 2017 by Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harshvardhan.
  • The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Indian Forest Act, 1927.
  • This Act consolidates legislation related to transcection of forest products from one place to another and duty collected on them.
  • In this Act, palm, bamboo, Duth, Shrub and cane incorporated in the definition of tree.
  • Since the bamboo is included in definition of tree under in the act, therefore it requires getting permission to move it from one state to another.
  • After amendment in this Act, there will be no need to seek permission for cutting and transporting bamboo growing in non-forest areas and for its economic use.
  • It is known that according to the classification of botany, bamboo comes in the category of grass.

Reference:
http://www.prsindia.org/billtrack/the-indian-forest-amendment-bill-2017-5001/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/bamboo-not-a-tree-parliament-passes-bill-amending-forest-act/article22287886.ece

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