Undermining FRA Claims Odisha Forest Department Set Plantation on Traditional Land

Reported by

Sanghamitra DubeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 8, 2021

Location of Conflict

Barkote block



This is A Schedule Five District

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Conservation and Forestry

Brahmunidei village is situated in Barkote block of Deogarh district. From the village 84 eligible forest dwellers have filed the claim for Individual Forest Rights (IFR) under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) in sub-district level committee. Out of which 11 got have received the titles. The village Gram Sabha has also filed Community Rights and Community Forest Rights (CR/CFR) claims, which are yet to be recognized. Meanwhile, Forest Department set plantation over the land claimed by the village residents under FRA, without informing the Gramsabha which is a violation of Forest Rights Act 2006. To further complicate the issue for the residents Forest Department picked up a few members of Van Suraksha Samiti (VSS) to carry the plantation process in the village, which created difference among the village residents. Gram Sabha members are now preparing to take this matter to the court by filing a petition against the departments' move.

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Forest Department, Government of Odisha

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