113 West Bengal Families Win A Legal Battle Against TMC Govt To Retain Land They Have Farmed For 3 Generations

In January 2024, the Calcutta High Court struck down an order issued by the government of chief minister Mamata Banerjee to evict families from two villages from land they had farmed for three generations since the 1930s. The order offers hope for “other traditional forest dwellers”—not from officially recognised tribal communities—struggling for livelihood rights in forests under a law that addresses ‘historical injustice’. West Bengal ranks last nationally in implementing a law that is increasingly ignored, as the union government tries to replace forests with plantations to meet climate-change commitments.

15 Jul 2024        Mrinalini Paul