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  • 28 January, 2020

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Tribal protest in Odisha

Syllabus subtopic: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.

Prelims and Mains focus: about the tribal protest and its reasons; about FRA, 2006

News: Alleging arbitrary cancellation of applications for land rights under the Forest Rights Act by the administration, over 2,000 tribals began an indefinite dharna in front of the Collector’s office at Chhatrapur in Odisha’s Ganjam district.

About the issue

  • The tribals alleged that of the total rejected applications, the highest number was from Ganjam, around 50% of total rejections in the State. The administration has not given any reason for cancellation.

  • The protesters were united by four organisations — All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, Adivasi Bharat Mahasabha, Ganjam Zilla Adivasi Manch and Ganjam Zilla Gramsabha Samukhya.

  • The protesters have a list of nine demands which are mostly related to land rights of forest dwellers.

  • Tribals demand: All cancelled applications be returned for scrutiny and verification by the gram sabhas. Administration should accept the applications which will be approved by the gram sabhas.

Source: The Hindu

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