FRA helps Dhenkanal tribals gain land rights -Ishan Kukreti
-Down to Earth
Their ancestors were brought in as workers nearly a century ago by the former princely state
Descendants of Munda and Santhal tribals, brought to Dhenkanal district in Odisha from Jharkhand nearly a century ago by the then princely state to work in its forests, have finally been given land rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2006.
The Odisha government issued a notification on July 10, 2020, for the conversion of five forest villages where the tribals live, into revenue ones, as stipulated under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.
These five villages are Gangamunda, Khajurinali, Chalujharan, Bhalutangar in Kankadahad tehsil and Karadabani in Kamakhyanagar tehsil.
Apart from these five villages, other villages — Khuribhanga, Kalaspur Balisahi in Kankadahad tehsil and Kankilimuda sahi, Barabharania and Kenchudi in Parjang tehsil and Deulisahi in Kamakhyanagar tehsil — are also in the process of being converted to revenue villages.
The total population of these villages is around 3,000 people.
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Down to Earth, 16 July, 2020, https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/forests/fra-helps-dhenkanal-tribals-gain-land-rights-72326