There is little evidence that permit system helps our forests
An amendment was made recently in the Indian Forest Act of 1927, to remove bamboo from the category of trees. With this minor modification, bamboo grown on agricultural land will not require a transit permit (TP), for felling and transportation, from the forest department. However, bamboo grown in the forest would continue to require a TP. This amendment has been made to encourage farmers to cultivate bamboo in hopes to raise their income and green cover of the country. A restructured National Bamboo Mission, with an outlay of Rs 1,290 crore, was announced in the current budget to support the amendment. But, will this amendment achieve its objectives? To answer this, one should first understand the genesis and complexities of transit laws.