Khoj Avam Jan jagriti Samiti

Project Theme

Natural Resource Management

Target Group

Tribals

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

KHOJ has been working in the district of Gariyaband and Dhamtari of Chhattisgarh, largely with Kamar Adivasi on the issue of right to land, forest, malnutrition and food security etc. Gariyaband is a newly created district in 2012, bifurcated from Raipur district. Bordering western part of Odisha,

Gariyaband district lies between the central plains of Chhattisgarh and the Bastar plateau. The district rich in forest resources and known for the diamond (kimberlite) reserves has substantial adivasi population, largely Gonds, Bhujia and Kamar in three blocks, which comes under fifth schedule area, having special provision for safeguarding interests of Scheduled Tribes.

Dhamtari district is adjacent district to Gariyaband with 26% adivasi population and ‘Tiger Reserve’ with substantially dense forest. The district known for rice production, rice mills and reservoirs have substantial forest base in Nagri-Sihava block inhibited by Kamar tribes lives in wretched condition. Due to negligence and apathy of the Government officials, Kamar are facing existential crisis of their identity and culture with dwindling number of population.

Impact by partner
  • Enable the adivasi forest dweller community to practice their rights of having control over natural resources for conservation, protection and management of natural resources and also enhancement of their livelihood.
  • Make aware the community, particularly Kamar Adivasi forest dwellers on their right to natural resources enshrined in legislations like Forest Rights Act, Panchayats (Extension to scheduled areas) Act and enabling legislations like MGNREGA.
  • Empower community institutions, like Gram Sabha, Forest Rights Committees (FRCs), and community forest management committees to govern and practice control over natural resources.
  • Seek accountability from enforcement agencies accountable for facilitating rights of the community over natural resources, including forest rights.
  • Develop greater community interface with government agencies to ensure increase in public investment for strengthening natural resource based livelihood.