Inside the Manas National Park in West Assam, a village has been fighting with the forest department to assert its rights over the forest land. The Forest Department has been trying to evict people from the agricultural land in Betbari claiming it falls under the National Park boundaries. The eviction drives were carried on 21st December 2016 and on February 11, 2017. The land has been claimed by the Forest Department, who together with wildlife conservation organization, consider the village people encroachers in the Protected Area of the Manas National Park. About 2500 people belonging to the Bodo tribe claim they have been using the land since 1946. They show sleeves of receipts given by forest department in 1986 for grazing activity in the land to prove they have been using the land.
As per Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, the tribals residing in forest land since before 2005 have the rights over that land and its resources. People who are aware of the new law, are asserting their rights and agitating against the forced eviction. Other villages inside the Manas National Park are also struggling to get their Forest Rights recognized. The process of filing claims under the FRA has just started in the district.
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Private and Common
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Forest Department, State of Assam
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