Villagers in Chhattisgarh's Deogarh Await Forest Rights Titles Following Plantation Drives

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Sanghamitra Dubey

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Published on

September 23, 2017

September 23, 2017

Updated on

September 23, 2017

Location of Conflict

Surupa

Deoghar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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People Affected by Conflict

384

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

30

ha

Starting Year

2017

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

The community forest rights of 80 households in Surupa village, Deogarh district, Chhattisgarh, is yet to be recognised under Forest Rights Act, 2006. The forest department has planted 6000 saplings of commercial species utilising funds under MGNREGA on the claimed land. Officials from the forest department have replaced natural forest vegetation with commercial species and in the process, violated rights of the village community. In response, the gram sabha members filed a petition against the external intervention and demanded recognition of their community forest rights. When LCW got in touch with villagers in October 2021, villagers stated that they have applied for CFR titles but the claims have not been issued yet. Many villages have formed Community Forest Resource Management Committees (CFRMC) and there have been no incidents of plantation reported in the last few years.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws, Central/State Government Policy

Legislations/Policies Involved

Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006
Section 3 [This section enumerates the rights of forest dwelling communities which are recognised including the right to live on and hold forest land, and the right to protect, regenerate or conserve or manage any community forest resource which they have been traditionally protecting and conserving]; Section 4 (1) and (2) [Recognition of, and vesting of, forest rights including the use of forest land, in forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers]
Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Rules, 2007
Rule 12(B)(3) [The District Level Committee shall ensure that the forest rights of protection and management of community forest resources are recognised in all villages and titles are issued to the forest dwellers]
Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Act, 2005
Section 4 [Each state must prepare and notify a rural employment guarantee scheme, and include within this scheme the minimum features specified in Schedule I to the Act]; Schedule I Clause 1(ii) [Afforestation and tree plantation are permissible kinds of work under the Act.]
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

Yes

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

Claims for the recognition of community forest rights have been filed under the Forest Rights Act, 2006.

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation/violation of FRA

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Violation of free prior informed consent

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Odisha State Forest Department

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