J&K Government Serves Notice to 200 Families in Budgam for Encroaching Forestland

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Rabiya BashirLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

April 23, 2021

Location of Conflict

Jabbad village

Batiwudar, Branwar, Nagbal, Yusmarg, and Darwan

Budgam

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Forest Administration (Other than Protected Areas)

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

200

ha

Starting Year

2020

State

Jammu and Kashmir

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

In January 2020, the Jammu and Kashmir forest department issued eviction notices to at least 200 families living in several villages of Budgam, including Batiwudar, Jabbad, Branwar, Nagbal, Yusmarg and Darwan villages. According to the department, the families own apple orchards that fall under encroached forestland. The families now live in fear that they will be forcefully evicted. Ashraf Kattoo, district forest officer (DFO) of Budgam, told LCW that the J&K forest department have sent notices to people who have apple orchards on forestland. The government will retrieve 200 hectares of land in different villages in Budgam district, including Jabbad, in 2021. We have been living in this area for several generations. Why does the government have a problem all of a sudden? a resident told the media. The people in these villages claim that the land was allocated to them in the 1940s by the government under the Grow More Food Programme. We have resided here for centuries now, where shall we go? We will not leave our orchards and homes.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

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Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws, Other, Central/State Government Policy

Legislations/Policies Involved

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:

Non-implementation/violation of the FRA, Lack of legal protection over land rights, Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land

Legal Status:

Out of Court

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Media based activism/alternative media

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Ashraf Kattoo, district forest officer (DFO) of Budgam, told LCW that the J&K forest department have sent notices to people who have apple orchards on forestland. "The government will retrieve 200 hectares of land in different villages in Budgam district, including Jabbad, in 2021."

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