OF RESERVED FORESTS
Time limit for resolution of claims
[16A. (1) Within 12 months after the period fixed under section 6 has elapsed, or within 12 months after the enactment of this section, whichever is later, the Forest Settlement Officer shall do one of the following:-
(i) dispose of all claims made under sections 6 and 9; or
(ii) obtain an extension of this 12 months deadline under sub-section (2).
(2) Upon application of a Forest Settlement Officer, the Deputy Commissioner may grant a single 2 months extension of the deadline in sub-section (1), making the deadline 14 months, and if that extended deadline threatens to be missed, the Commissioner may grant additional 4 months extensions.]
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