Villagers Threaten Suicide to Protest Against Land Survey for Telangana's Plantation Programme

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Shivam MoghaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

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KakunurMandal- Jaipur



This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

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Conservation and Forestry

Haritha Haram is a treeplantation program initiated by the Government of Telangana in 2015. It intends to increase the amount of tree cover in the state and regeneration of degraded forests. However, there have been many criticisms for this green cover project from the civil society and the tribal rights activists arguing that it violates the very idea of Forest Rights Act, 2006 because it also tends to stop local communities' access to grazing and forest lands. In order to make Haritha Haram successful, the Forest Department has started with land surveys across Telangana. However, many villagers and tribals across the state are protesting against these surveys. In June 2018, the Kakunur village of the Mancherial district of Telangana was in the news because the villagers threatened to commit suicide and some of them even climbed on to a water tank. These incidents took place when the Forest department and the state police came to the village to do the land survey for the plantation programme. The forest department put up signboards, which stated that the 1600 acre of the land belongs to the department. But, the villagers claimed, according to a news report, that they have been cultivating the land for a very long time and thus the land belongs to them. They also informed that they have been fighting for regularisation of the land in their names for the last 22 years.

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