Posted by: Bob Payne | April 26, 2011

Overruling Of Forest Rights Act Continues: Van Gujjars Still Waiting For Seasonal Grazing Permit In Uttarakhand Himalaya, India

The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, has not given any ‘justice’ to the landless and semi-nomadic Van Gujjar pastoral community in the Uttarakhand Himalaya of northern India. Their problem of not being allowed to move to their traditional summer pastures continues as last years as the Uttarakhand Forest Department has not issued the grazing permits this year till now. Every year Van Gujjars start their upward migration for high altitude pastures in middle of April and reach to the sub-alpine forests in end of May.

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