The Community Forest Rights of Bilma Village residents are yet to be recognised and until now, only 24 out of 393 households have been granted their Individual Forest Rights. Violating these rights, the forest department has undertaken commercial plantation under CAMPA funds on the land already claimed by the households and has fenced it. The area encroached upon is agricultural land and the only source of livelihood for the concerned households. Forest department continues to plant commercial species on cultivable land while ignoring the on-going protests. The Gram Sabha members have reached out with the issue to the forest department but no actions are being taken in support of the village communities by the officials. The Gram Sabha Members are now planning to file a petition with the district administration and further high authorities.
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Forest Rights Act of 2006
Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute
What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?
Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:
Non-implementation violation of the FRA
Status of Case In Court
Whether any adjudicatory body was approached
Name of the adjudicatory body
Name(s) of the Court(s)
Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Whether criminal law was used against protestors
Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?
Reported Details of the Violation:
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Forest Department of Odisha
PSUs Involved in the Conflict:
Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?
Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached
Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?
Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict: