Villagers in Odisha's Sankarpala Village Await Community Forest Rights Titles

Reported by

Sanghamitra Dubey

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Published on

October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017

Updated on

October 19, 2017

Location of Conflict

Sankarpala

Kalahandi

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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People Affected by Conflict

528

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

660

ha

Starting Year

State

Odisha

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

Residents of Sankarpala village in Junagarh tehsil of Odisha's Kalahandi district are awaiting forest rights titles for several years now. The Gram Sabha's claim for Community Forest Rights over a patch of land is yet to be recognised. The land claimed is spread over 660 acres and was instead used by authorities to carry out plantations under CAMPA funds. The forest department had also restricted community members from accessing the land and prohibited collection of NonTimber Forest Products. Following protests by the people, no plantations have been carried out.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
Section 4(m): Panchayat and Gram Sabha in Scheduled Areas to be granted ownership of minor forest produce and the power to prevent alienation of land in Scheduled Areas
Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006
Section 3(1)(f): Forest dwellers have rights over disputed land regardless of the nature of the dispute; Section 3(2) (proviso ii): Clearance for developmental projects is subject to Gram Sabha approval; Section 4(1): All forest rights mentioned in S. 3 of the Act vest in traditional forest dwellers or forest dwelling scheduled tribes; Section 4(5): No member of a forest dwelling Scheduled Tribe or other traditional forest dweller can be evicted or removed from forest land till recognition and verification procedure is completed.
Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016
Section 6: Stipulates the manner in which the state CAMPA fund shall be disbursed and utilised.
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

Yes

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

Claims for recognition of both individual and community forest rights have been filed under the Forest Rights Act, 2006. Residents of Sankarpala village in Junagarh tehsil of Odisha's Kalahandi district are awaiting forest rights titles for several years now. The Gram Sabha's claim for Community Forest Rights over a patch of land is yet to be recognised.

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation/violation of FRA

Non-implmentation/violation of PESA

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Forest Department of Odisha

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