24 IFR Holder Tribal Families Lost their Forest Lands to CAMPA Plantations

Reported by

Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict

Bilma

,

Surguja

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

115

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

ha

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

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 ongoing 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.

Region Classification

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

ha

Starting Year

2016

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Forest Department of Odisha

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

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