Tribespeople Lost their Forest Land to MGNREGA Plantations in Surupa Deogarh

Reported by

Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict




This is A Schedule Five District

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Type of Land


Private and Common

Type of Common Land





Conservation and Forestry

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The Community Rights of 80 households in Surupa village, Deogarh district, Chhattisgarh, is yet to be recognised under Forest Rights Act, 2006.  The act mandates consent from the Gram Sabha before any intervention on the land in the process of being recognised or have already been recognised under Community Rights. But the forest department has planted 6000 saplings of commercial species utilising MGNREGA funds on the claimed land without any dialogue with the Gram Sabha. Hence, the forest department officials have replaced natural forest vegetation with commercial species and in the process have violated the rights of the village community. In response, the Gram Sabha members have filed a petition against unlawful external intervention and are demanding for the recognition of their Community Rights. 

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Forest Department of Odisha

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