Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980

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Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 came into force from December 27, 1980. The Act contains 5 sections.

Contents

Objective

  • Conservation of forests
  • Matters connected with or ancillary or incidental thereto

Section 2

  • Restriction on deforestation of forests or use of forest land for non forest purpose
  • No State Government or other authority shall make any other on the following without approval from Central Government:
    • That any reserved forest shall cease to be reserved
    • That any forest land or any portion thereof may be used any non-forest purpose
    • That any forest land or any portion thereof may be assigned by way of lease or otherwise to any private person or to any authority, corporation, agency or any other organization not owned, managed or controlled by Government.
    • That any forest land or any portion thereof may be cleared of trees which have grown naturally in that land or portion, for the purpose of using it for re-forestation.

Section 3

  • Constitution of Advisory Committee
  • Central Government to constitute a committee of such number of persons as it may deem fit to advise the Government with regard to the grant of approval or/and any matter connected with the conservation of forest which may be referred to it by the Central Government.

Section 3A

  • Penalty

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