Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), a national level outfit  consisting of the tribals and forest  dwellers which struggled for the enactment of the historic Forest Rights Act, 2006 and presently monitoring its implementation across the States organised a national convention against illegal takeover of forest resources by the Central Government and by many of the States governments. An account of the convention, held at the Indian Social Institute (ISI), New Delhi on 4th May 2016:

Over 250 delegates from mass organisations and people’s movements affiliated to CSD from ten States- Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Himachal – joined the convention and spoke about the struggles in their States and the illegal grabbing of resources and lands. From sharing of State’s representatives, it emerged that in every state the same pattern of violation and non-implementation of  FRA is being repeated. Both the Centre and State governments are failing to recognise people’s rights over forest lands. Read more