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A Case Study of Implementation of FRA in Kandhamal

A Case Study of Implementation of FRA in Kandhamal

Prepared by: Hitabhilash Mohanty, LLM in Human Rights

For the purpose of implementation of the FRA in the State, CFDRA conducted a study in the district of Kandhamal to find out the implementation status. The below mentioned cases have been identified during the course of field study by recording the statements of the affected tribal persons.

Table – 1: FRA Case Study – 1

ParticularsDetails
Block & VillageSrasananda
Population of village (No. of house holds)100
Major Source of OccupationAgriculture
Name of CommunityKandha (ST)
Facts of the case Forest Dept. have given permission to the villagers to collect Minor forest products from the forest only for their daily uses, but they were not allowed to sell these products in market.
Source of InformationVillagers
Authorities contacted 
Current StatusSame

Table – 2: FRA Case Study – 2

ParticularsDetails
Block & VillageDaringibadi&Basabadi
Population of village (No. of households)45
Major Source of OccupationAgriculture
Name of CommunityKandha (ST)
Facts of the caseForest Dept. have given permission to the villagers to collect Minor forest products from the forest only for their daily uses, but they were not allowed to sell these products in market
Source of InformationVillagers

Table – 3: FRA Case Study – 3

NameAtalaMallick
AddressVill: Srasananda, PO/GP: Minia, Block: Phiringia, Dist: Kandhamal
Age63
SexMale
CommunityST (Kandha)
Fact of the caseHe had applied for forest land. He paid Rs. 75/- for the application form. But the procedure not completed by the Gram Sabha. Due to this he could not get his forest land.
Source of informationAffected person himself

Table – 4: FRA Case Study – 4

NameSapteswarMallick
AddressVill: Srasananda, PO/GP: Minia, Block: Phiringia, Dist: Kandhamal
Age58
SexMale
CommunityST (Kandha)
Fact of the caseHe had applied for forest land.  He paid Rs. 75/- for the application form. But the procedure not completed by the Gram Sabha. Due to this he couldn’t get his forest land.
Source of informationAffected person himself

Table – 5: FRA Case Study – 5

NameDasarathaMallick
AddressVill: Srasananda, PO/GP: Minia, Block: Phiringia, Dist: Kandhamal
Age61
SexMale
CommunityST (Kandha)
Fact of the caseHe had applied for forest land. He paid Rs. 75/- for the application form. But the procedure not completed by the Gram Sabha. Due to this he couldn’t get his forest land.
Source of informationAffected person himself

Table – 6: FRA Case Study – 6

NameGediliMallick
AddressVill: Srasananda, PO/GP: Minia, Block: Phiringia, Dist: Kandhamal
Age59
SexMale
CommunityST (Kandha)
Fact of the caseHe had applied for forest land. He paid Rs. 75/- for the application form. But the procedure not completed by the Gram Sabha. Due to this he couldn’t get his forest land.
Source of informationAffected person himself

OBSERVATIONS MADE

In the due course of fact finding, it was observed that there exists a dispute between the decision of Gram Sabha and the act of the forest department. It has been observed that the villagers are not allowed to carry the forest produce to sell outside. It was also observed that there is an immense lack of awareness regarding need for recognition of the forest rights of the forest dwellers. Further, they are not fully aware about the procedure. Hence, these forest dwellers are made victims of fraud and miscreants loot away money for providing claim application forms which are available for free in Block offices and in ITDAs.

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