Odisha Tribals Demand Cancellation of Land Lease of Tibetan Refugees

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Krithika ALand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

April 29, 2020

Location of Conflict

Jiranga Labarsingh

,

Gajapati

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Communal/Ethnic Conflict

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People Affected by Conflict

2792

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

911

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State

Odisha

Sector

Land Use

Tribals in Odisha have been protesting against the renewal of land lease to Tibetan refugees living in Gajapati district. In 1963, the state government had set up the Phuntsokling Tibetan refugee settlement and leased 2,250 acres of land to more than 2,500 refugees. Since then, the government has renewed the land lease every 10-20 years, providing the Tibetans with leased record of rights. Between 1995 and 2008, there was a lapse in the renewal process, and the government undertook temporary land lease renewal from 2008 to 2018. The Adivasi Adhikari Manch (AAM) has been seeking cancellation of the land lease provided to the Tibetan refugees, accusing them of encroaching upon tribal land. As per the statistics of the Central Tibetan Relief Committee, close to 2,800 refugees are currently living in the settlement. The number has gone up by 300 in 55 years. As per newspaper reports, AAM members are saying that they will resort to agitation if the land lease is renewed again. According to a media report, the issuance of title deeds for community and reserve lands in the settlement is being currently discussed with the local administration.

Region Classification

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

911

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Starting Year

2008

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Adivasi Adhikari Manch

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