Forceful eviction of slum dwellers in Kalahandi district of Odisha

Reported by

Sandeep Pattnaik

Published on

June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017

Updated on

June 22, 2017

Location of Conflict

Bhawanipatna

Kalahandi

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Urban Development (Other than Smart Cities)

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People Affected by Conflict

163

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1983

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Starting Year

2015

State

Odisha

Sector

Infrastructure

On 22nd June 2017, the slum dwellers of Bhawanipatna, the district headquarter of Kalahandi, under the banner of Kalahandi Sachetana Nagarika Manch, Odisha staged a demonstration in front of the office of the southern division revenue divisional commission (RDC), demanding land patta for those who have lived on government land for years. They are alleging that the government has forcefully destroyed 34 houses of the slum dwellers of Badapada, a slum of the Bhawanipatna town on the pretext of city beautification. Forced eviction of slum dwellers, cleaning up of waterways and giving away public land to private parties for the establishment of industries, hotels and parks are on the rise. Since they have no land patta, the people of the town are living in fear of eviction by the administration. In the memorandum to Revenue Divisional Commissoner (RDC) of southern division based at Berhampur, they have demanded that their records of rights be recognized as land settlement in the district headquarters town has not been conducted since 1952. Around 70 per cent of the people of the town have no record of rights (RoR) to their lands.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

No items found.

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Legislations/Policies Involved

Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2017
Section 3(1) [Every landless person occupying land in a slum in any urban area shall be entitled for settlement of land and certificate of land rights]
Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Rules, 2017
Rule 4(1)(c) [The Urban Slum Redevelopment and Rehabilitation Committee shall approve a list of slum dwellers eligible for land rights]; Rule 4(1)(d) [The Urban Slum Redevelopment and Rehabilitation Committee shall ensure that a certificate of land rights is issued to all eligible slum dwellers in a time bound manner]
Orissa Government Land Settlement Act, 1962
Section 3(1)(a) [Government shall have the power to reserve any portion of land that they deem proper to be used as house sites]; Section 3(1)(e) [Any officer of the Government may be authorized to dispose of the applications for settlement of land in the manner prescribed by the Act]
Orissa Government Land Settlement Rules, 1983
Section 3 (3) [The plots of land reserved for house-sites shall be divided into five categories, with one portion being reserved for poor families with a monthly income of less than Rs. 8,400]
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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? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

The community was claiming recognition of their land rights under the Orissa Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2017.

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

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Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

No

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors

No

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

The Government of Odisha

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