Forceful takeover of forest land cultivated by tribespeople in Khammam, India

In the garb of an afforestation scheme, Telangana forest department violates land rights of tribes people


Description

Hundreds of tribespeople in the recent past in the Khammam district of Telangana state, have taken to the street. They demand that they be allowed to continue Podu or shifting cultivation on their village forest land, which in many cases, has been taken over by the Telangana forest department to plant trees under the state-wide plantation scheme called Haritha Haram or Green Necklace. 

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Basic Data
NameForceful takeover of forest land cultivated by tribespeople in Khammam, India
CountryIndia
ProvinceTelangana
SiteKhammam
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific CommoditiesLand
Ecosystem Services
Biological resources
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe target under 'Haritha Haram' programme is to plant 230 crore saplings in the notified forest area in Telangana. The state government has roped in 25 state government departments, 25 central government departments and an unknown number of private players for implementation of Haritha Haram. As of November 2017, around 3.6 crore saplings were planted in Khammam district.
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population600,000 (This is an estimated tribal population in Khammam)
Start Date01/06/2015
Relevant government actorsThe government of Telangana, Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Union Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAgriculture and Social Development Society(ASDS), this is an NGO

Communist Party of India (Marxist)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingIndigenous groups or traditional communities
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationPublic campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage)
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity)
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseMigration/displacement
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Environment justice has not been served here because the rights of tribespeople are being violated.
Sources and Materials
References

Promise and Performance of Forest Rights Recognition Act, 2006: The Tenth Anniversary Report.
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Links

Police forcefully planting trees
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Haritha Haram Leaves Tribals Landless
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Tribals Deplore Denial of Rights
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Forest Staff, farmers are at odds over podu
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Tribal People seek patta for 'podu' land.
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Telangana forest department says Podu cultivation leads to forest destruction
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Communist party of India (Marxist) raising the issue of forest department taking over Podu land
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Other Documents

crops destroyed by the Forest department officials A tribal woman in tears after her crops were destroyed by the Forest department officials in Yellandu in Kothagudem. (Right) Damaged field
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Forest Minister Jogu Ramanna inspecting Nursery at Tekulaplli KHAMMAM,TELANGANA,30/12/2014 : Forest Minister Jogu Ramanna inspecting Nursery at Tekulaplli in Khammam on Tuesday. PHOTO: G.N. RAO | Photo Credit: G_N_RAO

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/haritha-haram-to-be-implemented-with-a-missionary-zeal/article6739057.ece
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Last update15/01/2018
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