Minor forest produce in exemption list
- In the latest set of lockdown relaxations, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has added the collection, harvest and process of minor forest produce to the list of activities that will be permitted.
- Minor forest produce include non-timber items such as bamboo, roots, seeds, fruits, flowers and plants.
- A number of people from the Scheduled Tribes and other forest dwelling communities depend on the collection and sale of such items for their livelihood.
- Reports show that police have been preventing forest dwellers from leaving their homes to collect minor forest produce due to the restrictions.
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