In Raajbans village of Garhwa district in Jharkhand, nearly 394 hectares of land is notified as Forest Land. All 394 ha. of it is claimed under the Community Forest Rights by village residents, a claim which still lies pending. Also, there are 61 pending claims for Individual Forest Rights in the village over about 81 hectares of land, for which, likewise, not a single title has been given. Forest Department set-up plantation on the claimed land. The Gram Sabhas permission was not sought before making way for the plantation, and nearly 400 families were displaced as a consequence. A sizeable portion of the natural vegetation, which included grazing land, was burnt to make space for plantation. The village residents face trouble in grazing their cattle and fetching wood from the forest both being important activities for their sustenance. They are now working on the strategy to oppose the plantation.
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 Jharkhand
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: