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 Role of NGOs in uplifting tribals – Example

Source: DownToEarth


The residents of Bidapaju village in Odisha’s Nayagarh district were not even aware of the forest rights act (FRA) until 2020, even though it was enacted 14 years ago.

In 2020, the forest department officials marked 84 trees in the woods near the village to be chopped down and sold for timber. The clueless villagers had no say in the matter.

This is when volunteers of Nirman, an NGO working on forest rights, told the residents about the Act, they were sceptical in the beginning. It took several meetings and readings of the FRA preamble and text to convince them.

This created a new sense of ownership for the tribals and made them more responsible and careful of forest resources.