Plantation on tribal land without consent

Reported by

Sandeep PattnaikLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict

Burlubaru

Kandhamal

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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)

People Affected by Conflict

250

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

50

ha

Starting Year

2015

State

Odisha

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

At least 52 families of the Kutia Kondh community, a particularly vulnerable tribal group, in Odishas Kandhamal district got titles over 50 hectares (ha) of forestland in 201213 under the Forest Rights Act (FRA). They have been cultivating tubers, fruit, millets and other indigenous crops on the land for the past several generations. The conflict started when the forest department carried out massive teak plantations on their cultivated land without any consent. The plantations are being carried out under schemes such as the Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (externally aided project supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency), plantations for compensatory afforestation using Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds and plantations using Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act funds. In a gram sabha meeting in September 2015, the villagers passed a resolution against the plantations, resolving that the forced plantations will have adverse impact on the rights and livelihood of the forest dwellers and biodiversity. The villagers sent their grievances to various government authorities, including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), following which the NHRC visited the area and submitted its report to the government. The report confirmed that the plantations were being carried out on the land on which tribal rights were recognized under FRA. The forest department, however, claimed the plantations were taken up with the help of Vana Samrakhshan Samity (a joint committee of forest department and village residents), after "thorough discussion with the villagers" and there was no case of forcible plantation. But villagers insist that this is a clear violation of their rights under FRA. Despite the protest by the villagers, the forest department is continuing the plantation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest Rights Act of 2006

Legislations/Policies Involved

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

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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation violation of the FRA

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Forest Department, Odisha

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Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Odisha- based Vasundhara, Maharashtra-based Vrikshamitra and Kalpavriksh, Jharkhand Jungle Bachao Andolan

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Documented By

Sandeep Pattnaik

Reviewed By

Sandeep Pattnaik

Updated By

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