Katingia Village in Kandhamal district of Odisha is home to 115 families, out of which 42 are Individual Forest Rights title holders under Forest Rights Act (FRA). The community has also applied for Community Forest Rights (CFR), which is pending. According to the community members, Forest Department is strategically carrying plantation over the land that they have claimed. Sensing that a normal plantation drive would be opposed by local people, forest department routed the drive through the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). The area that is the livelihood source of the local tribal community has also been marked restricted after the plantation, which is forcing the tribals to struggle to survive. According to the community people, they are waiting to get their CFR settled under FRA, which will empower them to not only claim the land which has been planted without their consent but also to challenge the decisions of the Forest Department legally.
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
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:
Status of Case In Court
Whether any adjudicatory body was approached
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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Whether criminal law was used against protestors
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Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Forest Department, Government of Odisha
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