Tribespeople Lost their Forest Land to MGNREGA Plantations in Surupa Deogarh

Reported by

Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 8, 2021

Location of Conflict

Surupa

Deoghar

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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People Affected by Conflict

384

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

30

ha

Starting Year

2017

State

Odisha

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

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

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Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest Rights Act of 2006

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation violation of the FRA

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Forest Department of Odisha

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Sanghamitra Dubey

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Sanghamitra Dubey

Updated By

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