Misallocation of Forest Rights Title in Pandki Village

Reported by

Asha VermaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 31, 2019

Location of Conflict

Padki

,

Rajnandgaon

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Forest Administration (Other than Protected Areas)

No Consent

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

134

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

216

ha

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

In 2013, tribals from Pandki village in Rajnandgaon district learnt about the Community Forest Rights (CFRs) they have been allocated over 216 hectares of land near their village. Forest department had allocated these rights to the village by constituting a Forest Rights Committee (FRC) at the panchayat level without any involvement of Gram Sabha (village council.) Not only the Community Forest Rights of Pandki, but such rights of fourteen other villages were issued following the same process. The committees involved people from Joint Forest Management committees, Patwaris and Forest Guards acting as secretary. This is a clear violation of the rules under the Forest Rights Act because Gram Sabhas were not involved in the rights allocation process. The Forest Rights Committees issued the community forest rights to Joint Forest Management Committee and not to the Gram Sabha. Also, the tribal community is not satisfied with the area demarcated under Community Forest Rights (CFR) because it does not cover their traditional forest boundaries, which are wider than the area allocated by the Forest Rights Committee. The community submitted the application to the tribal department and local authorities to change the name of the title holder from the respective Joint Forest Management Committees to Gram Sabha in 2013. They haven't received any response yet.

Region Classification

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):

216

ha

Starting Year

2013

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Forest Department

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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