1,000 forest rights claims wrongfully rejected, says NGO report

In Chhattisgarh, 64 cases were arbitrarily rejected while in Madhya Pradesh, over 260 wrongful rejections were reported.

Published: 18th July 2019 02:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2019 10:45 AM   |  A+A-

rainforests

Image used for representational purpose.

Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Over 1,000 cases of individual forest rights (IFR) claims were wrongfully rejected under the Forest Rights Act across six states, according to a survey by Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy (CFR-LA), an NGO network.

The survey conducted across 72 villages in the states of Chhattisgarh, MP, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra and Kerala shows large-scale violations and arbitrariness in the rejection of the claims and claimants were not allowed to appeal after rejections.

In Chhattisgarh, 64 cases were arbitrarily rejected while in Madhya Pradesh, over 260 wrongful rejections were reported. Jharkhand saw over 570 such cases, according to the NGO’s data.

A large number of cases also remain pending before the authorities, said the data which assessed cases from the inception of the FRA in the year 2008.

According to the data, the gram sabhas approved the claims but officers from tribal, forest or revenue departments did not join in the process of verification. The appeals were also not accepted in several cases with the sub-divisional level committee (SDLC) rejecting claims and not informing the claimants and the gram sabhas. 

The land claims are processed through a three-tier system — the gram sabha, a sub-divisional-level committee (SLDC), and a district-level committee.

The report draws from testimonies from village meetings and consultations on the implementation of IFR land claims among local gram sabhas, forest rights committees, civil society organizations and researchers.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp