Tag: Forest Rights Act

Tribals refused land documents for 28 years despite Forest Rights Act

 
/ February 28, 2017

“They keep saying we will get it today or tomorrow. But we never do.” Despair is written all over Santuram’s face, as he shares his fight to right under Forest Rights Act with our Community Correspondent Khirendra Yadav. Farmers in Nevta village of Kondagaon development area in Chattisgarh have been...

Land Rights Wronged!

 
/ March 7, 2017

Over 60% of India’s population depends on agricultural land to sustain themselves. At an average one hectare of land supports five people. For large parts of this population, especially tribals and scheduled castes, access to this land is problematic; most don’t have proper land tenure or when they do, the...

Staking a Claim on Forest Rights

 
/ August 8, 2014

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...

Farmers wins Land Rights after Three Years of Struggle

 
/ November 16, 2016

Three years back in 2013, tribal farmers of Raigarh, Chhattisgarh had unlawfully lost their lands to a local sponge iron manufacturing factory, Navdurga Pvt. Ltd. The 14 acres worth agricultural land of three farmers was illegally acquired by local land dealers, without informing them their rights under the Forest Rights...

Forest Officials forcibly keep Tribe’s Legal Land Papers

 
/ October 7, 2016

The Baigas, an indigenous community spread across central India were, according to folklore, God’s chosen ones to carry forward the human race in India. The Baigas consider themselves to be servants of the earth and the king of the forests. The peace-loving tribe is known for its’ respect for nature,...

Awaiting Justice: Chhattisgarh’s tribal residents’ FRA rights under attack

 
/ September 26, 2016

The ancient tribe of Baiga has been residing in Chhattisgarh’s jungles since times unknown treating the Earth as their mother, and nature as their Gods. The earliest written records of the tribes’ existence in Central India, was recorded in 1867, by a Captain Thompson. Ever since Chhattisgarh was carved out...

30 families struggling to access basic amenities in Jharkhand

 
/ May 9, 2016

30 families cannot access basic amenities as they have not been allotted titles for the forest land they have been living on for 30 years. These families are completely dependent on the forest for their livelihood and as per Forest Rights Act, anyone who has been living and cultivating forest land...

Forest dwellers in Bihar fight for their right

 
/ November 4, 2015

The Forests Rights Act (FRA) was passed about 10 years ago, even now its implementation is patchy and dependent on the initiative of individual district administrators. The FRA recognises that forest dwellers’ have rights over land that they have been occupying and their communities have rights over use and management...