The panel would work towards ensuring protection to forests and benefits to communities besides sustainable development, the Union Minister said. "I will appoint a committee to go into details on the issue of community forests and private forests, and what are the ways in which people will be benefited and the forests are protected," he said after inaugurating the regional office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
He said the committee will submit its report within three to four months, and the official who will head the committee will be appointed shortly. Stating that the Northeast region has a peculiar problem of forest-holding system, Javadekar said the committee will see to it that sustainable development takes place while at the same time ensure that the forest covers are protected.
Admitting that India's forest cover is just about one percent of world's forest cover, Javadekar said the ministry will soon conduct mapping of all forests in the country plot-by-plot and this process could take at least two years for all states to complete.
He also said the Centre is likely to introduce Minimum Support Price for minor forest produce as is done in Madhya Pradesh, which will give justice to the people dependent on these produce.

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