Forest Department Carries Plantation Drive Under MANREGA, Violates FRA in Kandhamal

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Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict




This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

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Private and Common

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Conservation and Forestry

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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.

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Forest Department, Government of Odisha

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