Forest Department Allegedly Arrests Tribals Protesting Against CAMPA Funded Plantation

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Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

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November 6, 2019

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Conservation and Forestry

The tribal community members of Hatibadi village in Nawarangpur district are facing arrests due to their fight against the plantation carried by the forest department over the land they have claimed under Forest Rights Act (FRA). Tribals in the region are waiting to get the administration's approval of their application of demanding Individual Forest Rights under FRA, which they had filed two years ago. According to the FRA if the claims of the tribespeople are pending no external agency can take up any activity on the claimed lands without the approval of the Gram Sabha. But, community members allege that forest department has been carrying the plantation activities on their claimed land using 'Van Surakshya Samitis'. The community also alleges that the forest department is putting the tribals behind bars for stopping the plantation. Nawarngpur district also falls under the list of scheduled areas. According to the tribals, they have written to the authorities demanding proper implementation of FRA along with 'Panchayat Extention To Scheduled Areas Act' (PESA). Area of the village is not specified in govt docs because the demarcation of village land never took place.

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Forest Department Odisha

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