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Amendments to the Forest Conservation Act, 1980

  Oct 30, 2021

Amendments to the Forest Conservation Act, 1980

Q What is the context  ?

A The Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has published proposed amendments to the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.

Q What are key features of The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 ?
A The FCA is the principal legislation that regulates deforestation in the country.

The FCA is brief legislation with only five sections of which-

Q Why is the Act being amended now?

Q What defines ‘Forest’ under this act?

Q What are the proposed amendments?

(A) Exemptions for Road and Railways

(B) Relaxation

(C) Defense and other projects

Q What are the concerns?

Q What are benefits of the amendment ?