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.
Demand/Contention of the Affected Community
Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:
Forest Department of Odisha
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Legislations Involved in the Conflict:
Forest Rights Act of 2006
Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:
Non-implementation violation of the FRA
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Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Has the Conflict Ended?
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