India: The struggle for forests continues: Enforcement of Forest Rights Act - Press Release by National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW) on Forest Rights Act (FRA) notification

After an inexplicable delay of 12 months, the Government of India, at long last, notifies the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers  (Recognition of Forest Rights)  Act, 2006. This notification means that the Act will be in force from 1st January, 2008. In these 12 months adivasis in various forest areas of the country have been subject to systematic assaults by the forest department and a host of other forces, who did not like the idea of India's forest resources being controlled by the forest dwellers.