Powers and Functions of Tribal Gram Sabha Under The Forest Rights Act 2006 In Forest Land-Resource Governance, Conflict With Existing Institutions and Possible Synergies

This article discuss the Forest Right Act (FRA) 2006 and its Rules (2008 & 2012), the first legislation that brings constitutional recognition to Scheduled Tribal (ST) GramaSabhas (GS) in Kerala in the background of Article 40 in the Directive Principles of State Policy of the Constitution“The state shall take steps to organize village panchayats and endow them with such powers and authority as may be necessary to enable them to function as units of self-government.” The article further discuss and emphasis the need of synergy.

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