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

Reported by

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)

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

200

ha

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.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

200

ha

Starting Year

2020

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

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

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department

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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Has the Conflict Ended?

No

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