Published by

Ministry of Environment & Forest Government of India Containing

- Forest (conservation) Act, 1980

(with amendments made in 1988)

- Forest (conservation) Rules, 2003

(with amendments made in 2004)

- Guidelines & Clarifications

(upto June 2004)


Part Subject Page No.
A. Forests (Conservation) Act, 1980 with amendments made in 1988 1-2
B. Forest (Conservation) Rules, 2003 with amendments made in 2004 3-18
C. Guidelines & Clarification.
Chapter-1 : Application of Forest ( Conservation) Act, 1980  19-23
Chapter-2 : Submission of Proposals 24-30
Chapter-3 : Compensatory Afforestation 31-34
Chapter-4 : Some Clarifications 35-41
Chapter-5 : Conditions Stipulated in forestry clearances 42-42



Annexures   
Supreme Court Orders 45-45
II A,B&c Supreme Court Orders  46-48
III Law Department's advice with regard to mining leases 49-49
IV & IV-A Regularisation of encroachments on forests lands  50-53
IV-B & IV-C Review of disputed claims over forest lands  54-57
IV-D Conversion of forest villages into revenue villages 58-59
V Guidelines for laying of transmission lines  60-60
VI Cost-benefit analysis  61-63
VII  Proforma for State/District Profile  64-64
VIII Guidelines for participation of private sector 65-66
IX Guidelines for cluster mining proposals  67-67
X Proforma for site-inspection by Regional Office 68-68




Appendices- Specific Guidelines issued after 04.05.2001
1. Letter for suspension of mining leases in National Park/Sanctuaries 71-71
2. Eviction of illegal encroachment on forest lands  72-73
3. Eviction of illegal encroachment on forest lands-clarification  74-74
4. Clarification regarding rejection of proposal  75-75
5 A & 5B. Guidelines for Collection of Net Present Value of forest lands  76-77
6. Extension of general approval for specific projects 76-77
7. Notification authorizing RCCF to proceed against offences 79-79
8. Letter to State/UT Governments for revised Guidelines  80-82
9. Guidelines for development projects in tribal areas  83-85
10. Letter for suspension of mining leases in National Park/Sanctuaries  86-86
11. Clarification regarding applicability of new proforma of proposal
87-87
12. Clarification regarding declaration of non-forest land as RF/PF  88-88
13. Guidelines for stepping up of process for conversion of forest villages into

revenue villages  89-90
14. Guideline for regularization of the rights of the tribals on forest lands  91-92
15. Clarification regarding Supreme Court's Orders dated 13.11.2000 in Writ  93-93




Petition (C) No. 337 of 1995  
16. Notification of CAMPA dated 23 April, 2004  94-99
17. Guidelines for utilisation of Wind Energy   100-103
18. Clarification regarding net Present Value 104-104
19. New guidelines for Vanya Silk Cultivation (Tusser Cultivation)  105-108


Note   
(1) The implementation of Forest (Conservation) Amendment Rules, 2004 notified on 3-2-2004 & 9-2-2004 ( pages 14-18- of this handbook) have been stayed by the Supreme Court vide their order dated: 23-2-2004 in IA No. 1126 in IA No. 703 of 2000 in Writ Petition (C) No. 2002 of 1995.

           (2) The implementation of guidelines for "Regularization of the rights of the tribals on forest lands" issued vide MoEF" letter No. 2-1/2003-FC (Pt) dated- 5.2.2004 ( Appendix-14) has been stayed by the Supreme Court vide their order dated- 23.2.2004 in IA No. 1126 in IA No. 703 of 2000 in WP (C) No. 202 of 1995.