Tribals allege forcible plantations by Forest Department in Odisha

Reported by

Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 28, 2019

Location of Conflict




This is A Schedule Five District

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Private and Common

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Conservation and Forestry

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Salohi Village located in Barkote block of Deogarh district.The people of the village have already filed claims for community rights but they are yet to be recognized. Meanwhile, the forest department has planted commercial species on the claimed land without the consent of the Gram Sabha and further threatened the villagers to put them in jail if there will be any protest. The disappointed community members are preparing to file a petition demanding recognition of their forest rights.Dutiya Kishan, the secretary of Forest Right Committee of Salohi village said "both FRA and CFR management committees are legal and VSS (Van Suraksha Samiti) is considered as an illegal body.Hence, we are opposing reconstitution of VSS and at the same time plantation of commercial species in our forest land through VSS approval".

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Forest Department of Odisha

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