Shillong: Meghalaya Peoples’ Human Rights Council (MPHRC) with open arms express its welcome to the decision of the Government of India to scrap the draft amendment to the Indian Forest Act,(IFA),1927).
It must be mentioned here that early March this year the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has announced its decision to move for the amendment of the Indian Forest Act, 1927. On this it has also seeks the opinion of the states in India.
Joining with others the MPHRC has register its protest against the decision of the government because it will immensely affect the inhabitants of those forest areas which is a matter of life and death and a human rights concern.
“Thus, the decision to scrap the draft brought a huge sigh of relief and for the people” said Bah Dino D.G. Dympep, Chairman MPHRC.
Dympep in a letter to the editor, elaborates “as of now there only 11 states have their own Forest Act and we hope that Meghalaya too will soon come up with one which is also in consonant with rules laid down in Sixth Schedule which will not be in conflict with the 3 Autonomous District Councils in the state.”