In hurry to do away with ‘deemed’ forests, Centre has ‘doomed forests’: Jairam Ramesh
Jairam Ramesh, senior Congress leader and Former environment minister on Thursday, took a swipe at the Centre after the Odisha government reportedly withdrew its controversial “deemed forest” order, saying that in its hurry to do away with ‘deemed’ forests, the Modi government has actually “doomed forests”.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh shared on X a media report which said that the Odisha government has withdrawn a controversial order issued on August 11, which told district officials that ‘deemed forests’ as a category would cease to exist under the recently amended Forest Act.
“After Parliament passed the dangerous amendments to the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 last week, which many, including me, had warned against, the Odisha government was quick to pass orders that ‘deemed’ forests would no longer be considered as forests,” Ramesh said.
In his post on X, Jairam said, “Now the Union Ministry says the state’s order is withdrawn. Confusion galore. In its hurry to do away with ‘deemed’ forests, the Modi government has actually doomed forests.”
‘Deemed forests’ are forests that are not classified so, by the Centre or states, in their records.