Plantation Under MGNREGA Deprived Residents of Sanphurla Village of Livelihood

Reported by

Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 6, 2019

Location of Conflict

Sanphurla

,

Kalahandi

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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People Affected by Conflict

758

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

67

ha

State

Odisha

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

In Sanphurla village located in Junagarh Tehsil of Kalahandi district, over 165 acres of land has been recognised under the Community Forest Rights claimed by the Gram Sabha. Unlike earlier wherein 1.5% of NREGA funds were transferred to the state forest department for afforestation programmes, the MGNREGA being a demanddriven scheme required for the consent of Gram Sabha before any form of intervention by the forest department. Yet, in Sanphurla village the forest department took up plantation programme and fenced the land thereafter without Gram Sabha's consent. The prohibition on collection of NonTimber Forest Products has adversely affected the livelihoods of the locals and the food security against which the women in the village are raising their voices. Though no petition has been filed yet, the Gram Sabha is preparing to tackle the issue. Under MGNREGA, the jobs remain impermanent as it only addresses immediate demands but the access to forest lands and collection of NTFPs has been a permanent source of income and food for the village residents. The plantation was taken up under MGNREGA funds and subsequent restrictions on access and collection thus, constitutes a threat to the sustained lifestyles of the village residents.

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Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

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Land Area Affected
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67

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Forest Department of Odisha

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