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National Transit Pass System (NTPS)

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • Union Minister launches National Transit Pass System (NTPS)-One Nation-One Pass.

 More about the news

  • Launched by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Facilitates seamless transit of timber, bamboo, and Minor Forest Produce (MFP) across India.
  • Replaces state-specific transit rules for timber and forest produce.

Key Features of NTPS

  • Manages records for both inter-state and intra-state transportation of timber, bamboo, and MFP.
  • Exempts some species grown on private land; No Objection Certificate required for transport.
  • Contributes to ease of doing business with a unified online mode for transit permits.
  • Benefits includes: Boosts the agroforestry sector; saves transportation costs and time; and enables seamless movement across state borders.
  • Under Forests Rights Act 2006, MFP includes non-timber forest produce like bamboo, brushwood, stumps, etc.
  • Forest dwellers have legal ownership and governance rights over MFP through the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas Act, 1996, and FRA, 2006.


Other Initiatives Promoting Forest Produce and MFP

·       Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana: Focuses on developing value chains for forest-based products. Aims to enhance the income of tribal communities.

·       Indian Forest and Wood Certification Scheme: Voluntary third-party certification for promoting sustainable forest management and agroforestry.

·       Mechanism for Marketing of MFP through MSP & Value Chain Development: Establishes a mechanism for marketing Minor Forest Produce through Minimum Support Price (MSP). Aims to develop value chains for sustainable utilization of forest resources.

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