Masinnita village in Deogarh Opposes CAMPA Plantations

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Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 8, 2021

Location of Conflict

Masinnita

Deoghar

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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People Affected by Conflict

307

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

2015

State

Odisha

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

Masinnita village comprising of 64 households is located in Barkote block of Deogarh. In 2009, the Gram Sabha members filed the recognition of their Community Forest Rights but the claim is yet to be verified by the authorities. The claim is currently pending with the sub-divisional level committee. Though few village residents have been granted their Individual Forest Rights but, they are still waiting for clarity over location and demarcations of their lands. Meanwhile, the forest department has planted on the land over which the Gram Sabha had claimed for Community Forest Rights in 2009. The afforestation programmes have been taken under MGNREGA and CAMPA funds. The Gram Sabha members are now demanding for clarification over ambiguous demarcations of plots already recognised under Individual Forest Rights and a prohibition on the plantation of commercial species on villages agricultural land. The Gram Sabha members strongly believe in the virtues of communitarian lifestyle which they assert will receive a positive impetus from the recognition of Community Forest Resource Rights. Therefore, they continue to reach out to the District Administration for verification of their Community Forest Rights over the claimed land. According to rule 4(1)(e) provided in Forest Rights Act, the Gram Sabha members can constitute a CFR Management Committee post the recognition of the rights as well as while the application is under verification. The Gram Sabha members of Masinnita village, thus, decided on constituting a CFR management Committee and prepare a CFR Management Plan of their own, while continuing to press authorities for the verification of their rights and protest against any form of external intervention by forest department like in the case of CAMPA plantations.

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Type of Common Land

Forest

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Forest Rights Act of 2006

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Non-implementation / violation of the FRA

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Forest Department of Odisha

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Sanghamitra Dubey

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Sanghamitra Dubey

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