Another law fails in implementation: Tribals fight for their rights under FRA

Sornaman Village, District Gariaband, Chattisgarh | Reena Ramteke

The Forest Rights Act (FRA) along with the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Actis a cornerstone of Indian grassroots democracy. They give forest dwelling communities and individuals a final say with regards to land use. When it came into power in 2006, forest dwelling communities who had fought hard to assert their rights over land they had lived on for generations met it with enthusiasm. Nearly a decade later, the rights and the mechanisms through which they are to be established lie in the doldrums.

Tribals surviving on the forest and adjoining lands have not been given their land titles and thus live with the fear of expulsion.

Community Correspondent Reena Ramteke has been working in many communities in Chhattisgarh to ensure that their rights to secure land tenure are upheld.

Call to Action : Please call the District Forest officer for Mainpur, Chhattisgarh on +917587011430.

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