Maharashtra Government Leases Forestland Without Consent of Community in Allapalli, Gadchiroli

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Published on

March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018

Updated on

March 27, 2018

Location of Conflict

Allapalli

Gadchiroli

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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People Affected by Conflict

2000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

8885

ha

Starting Year

2014

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

In April 2014, the forest department leased out highdensity forestland (with a tree canopy density of more than 40 per cent) to the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) for "regeneration" in Allapalli division in Gadchiroli. This was done despite a meeting in December 2013 where it was decided that only those forests with a tree canopy density of less than 40 per cent will be leased out. The meeting was attended by the principal secretary of forests, principal chief conservator of forests and head of the forest force, managing director of FDCM and additional principal chief conservator of forests, Nagpur. Under the regeneration plan, more than 8,000 hectares of dense mixedforest area were allocated for felling by the FDCM, which was opposed by the local people as they depend on the forests for their livelihood. Although 29 compartments had been marked, the felling took place in three compartments, which affected seven villages and more than 1,000 hecatres of forestland. Farmers in the affected villages had filed community forest rights claims way back in 2011, but the forest department allotted land to the FDCM without settling their claims. According to the petitioner in the case, who wishes to remain anonymous, the state department did not take the consent of the Gram Sabha before transferring the common land to the FDCM, violating the Forest Rights Act, 2006. These forests have rich biodiversity, but the tree felling continues despite several resolutions by the Gram Sabha and written complaints to the district collector. The farmers had approached the National Green Tribunal, and the case is pending with it.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Opposition against environmental degradation

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

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Has the Conflict Ended?

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 4(1): [Vesting of forest rights (including right to live on forestland) with traditional forest dwellers]; Section 4(2)(e): [Requirement of consent of Gram Sambha for resettlement]
Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980
Section 2: [Restriction on usage of forest land for non-forest purposes]
Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
Section 3: [Part IX of the Constitution relating to Panchayats is extended to Scheduled Areas]; Section 4(d): [Gram Sabha is empowered to approve the use of community resources]
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Non-implementation/violation of FRA

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In Court

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Pending

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Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra, Revenue and Forest Department

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