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The All India Forest Front for Rights Struggles, a national forum comprising of adivasi organisations, NGOs and concerned individuals, met recently in Delhi to discuss the challenges adivasis , forest rights and bio diversity. There were more than 37 representatives from different parts of the country.

The main focus of the meeting was on the following issues:

  1. The Forest Rights Act (FRA) has legally accepted the rights of the Adivasis over forests. But it is not implemented yet properly.
  2. The CAMPA Act is an attempt to reduce the rights of the Adivasis and strengthen the Forest Department
  3. The proposed new draft policy on forests seeks to privatize forests in India by commercializing forests. This must be opposed tooth and nail.
  4. The Supreme Court order to displace Adivasis is a violation of Indian Constitution. As per the Forest Rights Act, the right to accept or reject any claim rests with the GramaSabha. The legal process on this was not followed.

Activists who attended the meeting in Delhi were unanimous on the above issues. It was decided that the national platform should strengthen the campaign on the above issues. It was also decided that positive personalities in different political parties should be approached to brief them about the above concerns. As a result meetings with leaders of different political parties were held in Delhi. The delegation of activists met Central Minister ArjunMunda, Brinda Karat of CPI(M), Mr. Jai Ram Ramesh, ManishankarAiyer of Congress and CPI General Secretary Sudhakar Reddy. All the leaders promised support to the demands raised and the need to strengthen the campaign on these issueswere, raised by all. The common suggestion, which came up in these meetings, is to hold a National Convention on Forest Rights so that the issue would have further support.

The following organisations and concerned individuals participated in the meeting.


The main demands of All India Forest Front for Rights Struggles are the following:


Sl.NoName and AddressOrganisation nameEmail ID and Contact No
1Sangamitra DuleyIndependent Researcher8763382452
2Biren NayakActionAid9437901648
3Paulome MishreyEKlavyaSangatha9447303306
4A.ShivashanthakumarHumane Trust9486226783

6Bapunath 9680299396
7Majesh RamanJvala
8Sasi PJvalaWaynad9526923510
9Shamabhavi MEklavyaSajthanGothar9726335768


11K.P.SasiVisual Search 8593835669
12InshaDown to Earth8447270352
13Asha K,JCORD/BKS/NAARadhakrishna Layout, Kushalnagar, Karnataka State.9482930546
14K.N.VittalaZillaBKS,Chickmagalore District, MudigereTaluk, Gonibeedu Post and Village, Karnataka944855350
15S.BasuMallickJJBA 9431103041
16SatyaPrasannaIndian School of Business Hyderbad.9418230944

18V.S.Roy DavidCORD/NAAlliance,



19Akshay JasriteHimachal Van AdikarMAnch(HVAM)9805030820
20Pawna KumariHimachal GhumantuPashupala K Mahasabha9736352861
21RomaAll India Union of Forest Working people.9415233523
22Soumen RoyNational Platform for small scale Fish workers7908180781 /9433003771
23DipakIndsan Community Activist Network(ICAN)9818848755
24Nikita SamarnathResearch Fellow CIJD, Nahonal law University Delhi8586007264
25Xavier KujurBIRSA/JJBA Ranchi , Jharkhand9471143276

26Mamatha BoseAIFFRS9717894445

27Satya Narayan PatnaikSebaJagat, M.Rampur, KalahandiOdisha9437070326

28Ashok ChoudhryAIUFNP9868857723


30Keshav ShoriDISHA Chattisgarh9406292239

31Nohrit MandKankereChattisgarh9406292239/8305035074
32Pratindi 9437001219
33Paulose MistreyEkalavaSansathan9427303306
34HemanthJMKU Jharkhand8340200920
35T.K. ChatterjiNPSSFWCD and DMF9874432773
36Abhay XaXaNational Campaign for Adivasi Rights (NCAR) Delhi9999095633
37Sanjay UpadhyayAdvocate Supreme Court-Delhi9820298530


All India Forest Front for Rights Struggle appealed to activists all over the country to support the demands and work for strengthening the bio-diversity of the forests in India by strengthening the rights of the Adivasis as per the Forest Rights Act.


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