Burning of forests for jhum cultivation prohibited in Arunachal



Deputy Commissioner of Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Devansh Yadav, on Monday, issued an executive order prohibiting the burning of forests for jhum cultivation in the district.

“In partial modification of the CrPC 144 order and as per Section 13 of the Jhum Land Regulation, 1947, no burning of forest land will happen without authorisation of gaon burahs (headmen) and, circle officers will be intimated within seven days from the grant of such permission," the order stated.

"The gram panchayats to coordinate with the local administrative officers for the classification of catchment areas or the forest land. It appears that undue erosion or the diminution of the supply of water is likely to be resulted due to excessive cutting of trees from any jhum land in respective jurisdiction, to notify as ‘protected forest’ under Section 12 (2) and (6) of the Jhum Land Regulation, 1947," the order directed.

"No person shall thereafter cut any tree or clear jungles in such protected forest without the permission of the administration," the order added.

“If it appears to land conservator-cum-district magistrate that undue erosion or diminution of water supply is likely to result from jhum land cultivation, u/s 12 (3) of the Jhum land Regulation, 1947, cultivation will be barred in that area for a period not exceeding 10 years,” the order said.

(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)

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