Un-classified forest, whose baby ?

Following rescind of the 1952 “Protected Forest” (PF) Notification in Tripura, PF reverted to the pre-1952 status of “Un-classified Govt. Forest” or UCF. The stewardship of this 2195 km2 of UCF, 21% of the geographical area of Tripura, lies by default with the Revenue Department. The situation deserves a re-look. There are community managed forests in some NE states. If that is not feasible in Tripura, the other option may be to entrust management of UCFs to Gram Panchayats in accordance with the Tripura Land Reforms & Land Revenue Rules, 1961.