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Consider the following statements:
1. As per recent amendment to the Indian Forest Act, 1927, forest dwellers have the right to fell the bamboos grown on forest areas.
2. As per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, bamboo is a minor forest produce.
3. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forrest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 allows ownership of minor forest produce to forest dwellers.

Which of the statement given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer:

B

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Explanation:

1. Statement 1 is incorrect. As per the recent amendment to the Indian Forest Act, 1927, forest dwellers do not have the explicit right to fell bamboos grown on forest areas. The amendment primarily focuses on clarifying the definition of tree, which now includes bamboo, and provides for the regulation of transit and felling of trees, including bamboo.

2. Statement 2 is correct. As per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, bamboo is classified as a minor forest produce. This act recognizes the rights of forest dwellers, including scheduled tribes, over minor forest produce, which includes bamboo.

3. Statement 3 is correct. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 allows forest dwellers, including scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers, to have ownership rights over minor forest produce. This includes the right to collect, use, and dispose of minor forest produce, including bamboo.

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