Forest Rights Act, 2006
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Context: Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006, which will elevate the socio-economic status of a sizeable section of the 14-lakh-strong population of tribals and nomadic communities, including Gujjar-Bakerwals and Gaddi-Sippis, in the Union Territory.
- It will help in ensuring a dignified life to the tribal population.
- The move will address the prolonged suffering of tribal people and also ensure forest conservation.
- Implementation of the Act will empower the tribal community by restoring to them the rights for a better life, while fulfilling the primary needs of water, food, home and livelihood.