In 2013, Community Forest Rights were granted to the residents of Edmagondi Village for the area spread over 31.250 hectares. Unfortunately, the Individual Forest Rights titles under Forest Rights Act, 2006 have only been granted to 4 individuals. Contrary to what the act requires, the community rights title was handed over to the Joint Forest Management Committee instead of the village community for the forest compartment under consideration. But without consulting the Gram Sabha members, the forest department took up plantations along the traditional boundary of the village. In 2016, the department fenced the land to restrict access to the village community, thus, adding to their struggles. The fences erected on the land are under CAMPA funds and the access is limited to by two entrances. The rules state that inhabitants can only collect Non-Timber Forest Products and fuelwood whereas grazing activities are strictly restricted.
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Forest Rights Act of 2006
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Non-implementation violation of the FRA
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