Odisha's Jurkabhatta Village Opposes CAMPA Plantations, Demands Forest Rights Titles

Reported by

Sanghamitra Dubey

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Published on

July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017

Updated on

July 27, 2017

Location of Conflict

Jukarbhatta

Kalahandi

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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People Affected by Conflict

58

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

223

ha

Starting Year

2015

State

Odisha

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

Jurkabhatta village is located inside a dense forest in Lanjigarh block in the NorthEast division of Kalahandi. The villagers had claimed community forest rights over 550 acres of land here, which are still pending with the district administration. The forest department carried out CAMPA funded plantation over the land claimed by the Gram Sabha, without any discussion with the community. People from the community also allege that forest officials had threatened them with consequences in case of protests. When LCW reached out to the villagers in October 2021, they informed that no new plantation activities have been undertaken in the village for the last few years.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006
Section 2(a) [Community Forest Resource defined to be customary forest land to which community had traditional access], Section 3 [Forest rights of forest dwelling tribes to include right of ownership, access to collect, use, etc. minor forest produce which has been traditionally collected within village boundaries], Section 6 [State Government to constitute Sub-Divisional Level Committee to prepare record of forest rights and District Level Committee to finally decide on record of forest rights]
Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Rules, 2007
Rule 11 [Forest Rights Committee to assist Gram Sabha to prepare claims for community forest rights], Rule 12A(3) [Forest or Revenue Department must communicate to Gram Sabha if there is any modification or rejection of one of its claims], Rule 12A(6) [Forest or Revenue Department to remand claim to Gram Sabha for re-consideration instead of modifying or rejecting the same].
Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016
Section 6 [Provides the manner in which the state CAMPA fund shall be disbursed]
Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
dispute resolution], Section 4(m) [Panchayat and Gram Sabha in Scheduled Areas to be granted ownership of minor forest produce and the power to prevent alienation of land in Scheduled Areas]
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

Yes

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

The villagers have filed claims for recognition community forest rights over 550 acres of land, which are still pending with the district administration.

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation/violation of FRA

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Violation of free prior informed consent

Non-implmentation/violation of PESA

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

No items found.

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Odisha State Forest Department

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