Navrachna Samaj Sevi Sansthan (Navrachna)

Project Theme

Food Justice campaign

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

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Introduction

Planning Commission estimates 21.3 million people, largely Adivasis were displaced by development projects between 1951 and 1990 alone. Most of them have not resettled and rehabilitated citing forest dwellers. Enactment of Forest Rights Act (FRA) with the objective to address the historical injustice to forest dwelling communities brought some hope. Navrachna started working on empowering the community to demand their rights as envisages in FRA to strengthen their control over forest for livelihood and sustainability in the northern forested area of Chhattisgarh. 

The key issues affecting the life and livelihood of Adivasi are displacement for Tiger reserve, mining and industries, coupled with corruption and poor implementation of basic services and livelihood, like MGNREGA.  

 

About the Project:

Navrachna started working on the project to ensure livelihood security to vulnerable adivasi community of Bilaspaur district through demanding rights to access and control to natural resources through FRA since 2012 with the help of Oxfam India’s intervention under Economic Justice.  Till last year the major focus was on follow up of the FRA as well as proper implementation of MNREGA by empowering the people to assert for their rights and demanding the ownership of forest and taking the onus of protection and management of the forest, particularly protection and plantation in those areas where the community forest rights act has been claimed by the Gram Sabha. 

In the current year the focus was on the strengthening Gramsabha and the FRCs to have dialogue with the state agency at Sub division and District level for recognizing their rights. Also having already made their claims to community forest rights and without govt support people take the responsibility of managing and protecting their own forest. 

 

Results to be Achieved: 

  1. To create awareness amongst men and women and their community institutions to demand and implement forest rights as per FRA.
  2. Build capacity of community institutions to access and control over forest resources as envisaged in FRA and other enabling legislations.  
  3. Support enhancement of natural resource based livelihood of adivasis and other forest dependent community through sustainable management of natural resources, including forest. 
  4. Making government agencies accountable to implement FRA and other policies ensuring community control and governance over natural resources

 

Prior Achievements: 

So far, the project directly helps 8000 adivasi people to claim individual and community entitlement on forest land and resources to strengthen their livelihood.   Due to Navrachna’s engagement at state level campaign and network, indirectly huge number of adivasi families got benefited. 

Under FRA, over 400 individual claims have been filed, and most of them either received title or sent for appeal to correct the titles. . 

Applying provision of Right to Information to seek transparency in payment of wages motivated young cadre to ensure delivery of pending wages amounting to Rs 95 thousand to 140 villagers.  

Also, 69 OTFDs successfully filed appeals to their rejected claims in the SDLC level.

16 villages so far has prepared the CFR Claims and mapping of the resources, while 10 of them have duly filed the claims at appropriate level.  Village FRCs is trained in the process, and their block level federation is soon going to be initiated. 

 

Quotes of Beneficiaries: 

“NAVRACHNA has played important role in bringing confidence to us and taught fighting for our rights. We, along with youths got trained in making inventory of precious forest resource and now we are safeguarding it. Each family is going to forest for protecting it in rotation. We are also planning to develop our own herbal plantation in forest”--- Nandu singh Baiga ( FRC President of Khamlikhurd village)