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Indian Forest Act, 1927

Contents
Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title and extent
2 Interpretation clause
Chapter II Reserved Forests
3 Power to reserve forests
4 Notification by State Government
5 Bar of accrual of forest-rights
6 Proclamation by Forest Settlement-officer
7 Inquiry by Forest Settlement-officer
8 Powers of Forest Settlement-officers
9 Extinction of rights
10 Treatment of claims relating to practice of shifting cultivation
11 Power to acquire land over which right is claimed
12 Order on claims to rights of pasture or to forest-produce
13 Record to be made by Forest Settlement-officers
14 Record where he admits claim
15 Exercise of rights admitted
16 Commutation of rights
17 Appeal from order passed under section 11, section 12, section 15 or section 16
18 Appeal under section 17
19 Pleaders
20 Notification declaring forest reserved
21 Publication of translation of such notification in neighborhood of forest
22 Power to revise arrangement made under section 15 or section 18
23 No right acquired over reserved forest, except as here provided
24 Rights not to be alienated without sanction
25 Power to stop ways and water-courses in reserved forests
26 Acts prohibited in such forests
27 Power to declare forest no longer reserved
Chapter III Village-Forests
28 Formation of village-forests
Chapter IV Protected Forests
29 Protected forests
30 Power to issue notification reserving trees, etc
31 Publication of translation of such notification in neighborhood
32 Power to make rules for protected forests
33 Penalties for acts in contravention of notification under section 30 or of rules under section 32
34 Nothing in this Chapter to prohibit acts done in certain cases
Chapter V The Control over Forest and Lands not being the Property of Government
35 Protection of forests for special purposes
36 Power to assume management of forests
37 Expropriation of forests in certain cases
38 Protection of forests at request of owners
Chapter VI The Duty on Timber and other Forest- Produce
39 Power to impose duty on timber and other forest-produce
40 Limit not to apply to purchase-money or royalty
Chapter VII The Control of Timber and other Forest-Produce in Transit
41 Power to make rules to regulate transit of forest produce
42 Penalty for breach of rules made under section 41
43 Government and Forest-officers not liable for damage to forest-produce at depot
44 All persons bound to aid in case of accidents at depot
Chapter VIII The Collection of Drift and Stranded Timber
45 Certain kinds of timber to be deemed property of Government until title thereto proved, and may be collected accordingly
46 Notice to claimants of drift timber
47 Procedure on claim preferred to such timber
48 Disposal of unclaimed timber
49 Government and its officers not liable for damage to such timber
50 Payments to be made by claimant before timber is delivered to him
51 Power to make rules and prescribe penalties
Chapter IX Penalties and Procedure
52 Seizure of property liable to confiscation
53 Power to release property seized under section 52
54 Procedure thereupon
55 Forest-produce, tools, etc., when liable to confiscation
56 Disposal on conclusion of trial for forest-offence, of produce in respect of which it was committed
57 Procedure when offender not known or cannot be found
58 Procedure as to perishable property seized under section 52
59 Appeal from orders under section 55, section 56 or section 57
60 Property when to vest in Government
61 Saving of power to release property seized
62 Punishment for wrongful seizure
63 Penalty for counterfeiting or defacing marks on trees and timber and for altering boundary marks
64 Power to arrest without warrant
65 Power to release on a bond a person arrested
66 Power to prevent commission of offence
67 Power to try offences summarily
68 Power to compound offences
69 Presumption that forest-produce belongs to Government
Chapter X Cattle-Trespass
70 Cattle-trespass Act, 1871, to apply
71 Power to alter fines fixed under that Act
Chapter XI Forest-Officers
72 State Government may invest Forest-officers with certain powers
73 Forest officers deemed public servants
74 Indemnity for acts done in good faith
75 Forest-officers not to trade
Chapter XII Subsidiary Rules
76 Additional powers to make rules
77 Penalties for breach of rules
78 Rules when to have force of law
Chapter XIII Miscellaneous
79 Persons bound to assist Forest-officers and Police-officers
80 Management of forests the joint property of Government and other persons
81 Failure to perform service for which a share in produce of Government forest is employed
82 Recovery of money due to Government
83 Lien on forest-produce for such money
84 Land required under this Act to be deemed to be needed for a public purpose under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894
85 Recovery of penalties due under bond
85a Saving for rights of Central Government
86 Repeals
  The Schedule

(16 of 1927)

(21st September, 1927)

An Act to consolidate the law relating to forests, the transit of forest-produce and the duty livable on timber and other forest produce.

WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate the law relating to forests, the transit of forest-produce and the duty livable on timber and other forest-produce; It is hereby enacted as follows:-



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