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Conversion of Forest Villages

into Revenue Village under


Forest Rights Act, 2006 and
Amendment Rules, 2012:

SCSTRTI, Govt. of Odisha & VASUNDHARA,


Bhubaneswar
Conversion of Forest Villages/ Old
Habitations into Revenue Village
• Section 3.1.(h) of the Act mentions that “settlement and
conversion of all villages, old habitation, unsurveyed villages
and other villages in forests, whether recorded, notified or
not into revenue villages;
• Rule 12B.(5)mentions that, “ conversion of forest villages,
unrecorded settlement under the clause (h) of section 3 shall
include the actual land-use of the village in its entirety,
including lands required for current or future community
uses, like, schools, health facilities and public spaces.
• Rules 2A provides identification of hamlets or settlements
and process of their consolidation.
• Section 4(7) of the Act provides that forest rights shall be
free of all encumbrances & procedural requirements,
including clearance under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.
Conversion of Forest Villages/ Old Habitations
into Revenue Village

• Rules 2A provides identification of hamlets or


settlements and process of their consolidation
• Rule 12B.(5) mentions that, “conversion of
forest villages, unrecorded settlement under
the clause (h) of section 3 shall include the
actual land-use of the village in its entirety,
including lands required for current or future
community uses, like, schools, health facilities
and public spaces.

SCSTRTI, Govt. of Odisha & VASUNDHARA, Bhubaneswar


Process of Identification and
Consolidation of hamlets or Settlements
Publication of List (either
Forwarding the list to
adding to the existing
DLC after completion of
Preparation of list by GP village or following the
process as required under
process as provided in the
State Law
relevant State laws)

Publication of List for


Gram Sabha at each such Consolidation of List by
Public Comments by
Habitation level by GP Sub-Divisional Officer
DLC

Passing of Resolution at Declaration of listed


Passing of Resolution GP & Submission of List hamlets/ settlements as
to SDLC Revenue Village
Clarification by MoTA on Conversion of Forest Villages/un-
surveyed village/old habitations/settlements
• MoTA has clarified a number issues related to conversion of forest
villages/un-surveyed villages/old habitations and settlements located
inside the forestland vide its letter No. 23011/33/2010/FRA, dated
8.11.2013
– Applicability of Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and Supreme Court Judgment
dated 13.11.2003 in I.A.No.2 in WP No. 337/1995
– Requirement of Approval of MoEF under FCA, 1980
– Villages located in such land which are not classified as forest land
– De-Notification/De-Reservation of Forest Land
– Villages located inside the National Park, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Tiger
Reserves
– Conversion of Forest Villages into Revenue Villages primarily inhabited by
OTFDs
• Clarification regarding Constitution of FRCs, where less number of adult
members are available against the number specified for constitution of
FRC are there

SCSTRTI, Govt. of Odisha & VASUNDHARA, Bhubaneswar


Identification
• Identification through Gram Panchayat: Gram Panchayat to
prepare a list of forest villages, un-surveyed villages, old
habitations or settlements within the forestland
• Identification through Government Records: All
villages/settlements on forest land should be identified with the
help of District Statistical Handbooks and Census Village
Directories. All settlements with zero revenue land should be
presumed to be forest villages in order to be converted into
revenue villages under the Act.
• Obtaining List from Forest Department: List of forest villages can
be obtained from Divisional Forest Office.
• Obtaining List from Revenue Department: Villages rehabilited in
the forestland, those displaced from developmental projects.
• Call for Public Suggestions: Public suggestions and inputs should
be invited through a public notice in all panchayat offices, forest
offices and market places informing the public of this right and
requesting villages on forest land to submit claims or to contact
the concerned officials for assistance.
Thanks
Any Questions and Clarifications….