AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK
The National Forest Policy, 1988 and directives as well as decisions
of the Supreme Court of India will provide the basic policy
framework of PPA.
The legal framework for the People's Protected Areas flows
from the Indian Forest Act, 1927 and 73rd Amendment of the
Indian Constitution, viz, Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension
to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, which inter alia provides
for conferring the endowment of ownership rights of MFPs on
Panchayat Raj Institutions (Village level institutions). In
line with this, the State Government of Madhya Pradesh has
endowed the ownership in consonance with the following principles
a) Harvesting of Minor Forest
Produce will be on non-destructive basis.
b) The members of the Gram Sabhas will be free
to collect Minor Forest Produce for
their own consumption.
c) The manner, frequency and intensity of Minor
Forest Produce collection for any
use other than bona-fide domestic use by the members of the
Gram Sabhas will be in accordance with the prescription of
a managment plan prepared by Zila Panchayat in confirmity
with the guidelines as may be notified from time to time.
Besides the remunerative wages paid to the forest produce
collectors, the net profit from the trade will be shared among
the stakeholders on an equitable basis. Under the existing
system of Tendu patta (Diospyros melanoxylon) trade,
the net income generated by the collection and trade of tendu
leaves is distributed in the following proportion :
50% to the primary collectors.
for the development of MFPs and regeneration of forests
for infrastructure development / cash payment.
modality aims at developing positive stakes of all cocerned
so that rather than working at cross-purposes, each one is
motivated to contribute towards a common goal.