Forest Rights Rejected, 4 Farmer Families in Chhattisgarh Turn to Migrant Labourers

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Asha VermaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 16, 2021

Location of Conflict

Kasaundi

Baloda Bazar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

CAMPA fencing

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People Affected by Conflict

19

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

4

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Starting Year

2012

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

In 2017, four farmers from Kasaundi village were denied Individual Forest Rights (IFR) titles under the Forest Rights Act, 2006. The forest department rejected their claims of occupancy in a letter, but the families claimed to be cultivating on the land for over 20 years and accused the forest department of wrongfully denying them titles. They also alleged that the department used coercive measures to prevent them from cultivating and destroyed their crops. The conflict started in 2012 after forest officials allegedly destroyed the villagers' crops overnight and sent their cattle to the Kanji house. It was after several requests that the officials returned the cattle to their owners.  In 2016, the department fenced the disputed land for plantations under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA). This came as a shock to the affected families, who received this information from a beat guard.  They soon approached the district collector to appeal against the fencing of their lands, for which their IFR claims were still pending. In response, the collector ordered an inquiry by a forest ranger. After a survey, the ranger wrote that the land could not be notified for IFR claims as ownership over the land was also being claimed by the revenue department.  The LCW researcher later learnt that the farmers, without any land holdings, are now entirely dependent on labour work for their livelihood. They have also turned into migrant workers in nearby cities as the forest department does not allow them to cultivate the land anymore.

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

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

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Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation/violation of the FRA, Lack of legal protection over land rights, Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land

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:

Other harassment

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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Reported Details of the Violation:

Villagers alleged that the forest department used coercive measures to prevent them from cultivating by destroying the crops, letting cattle graze the crops and arresting the farm animals.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Forest Department

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Documented By

Asha Verma

Reviewed By

Asha Verma

Updated By

Asha Verma

Edited By

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