Mo Jungle Jami Scheme

The Odisha government has recently introduced a groundbreaking scheme named Mo Jungle Jami Yojana

Key Points

  • Government has launched the ‘Mo Jungle Jami Yojana’ (My Forestland Scheme) to effectively implement the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act), 2006.
  • This initiative, scheme, will be implemented across 32000 villages of 32 districts and will benefit approximately 7.4 lakh tribal families in Odisha.

if successfully implemented, Odisha will become the first state to be fully compliant with the Forest Rights Act, covering

  • individual forest rights
  • community forest rights
  • habitat rights for particularly vulnerable tribal groups
  • conversion of forest and unsurveyed villages

What is Mo Jungle Jami Yojana?

  • It means My Forestland Scheme with an aim to provide livelihood opportunities and food security for the Scheduled Tribe and forest dwelling population.
  • The scheme will provide land ownership and access to forest resources, improving livelihoods and food security for the Scheduled Tribe and forest-dwelling population.
  • Eligible claimants, especially single women and PVTGS, will receive land titles, enabling them to gain ownership of land and access forest resources as per their entitlement.
  • The scheme also aims to integrate these communities into mainstream development programs initiated by the government.
  • It includes the digitization of records, conversion of unsurveyed and zero area villages into revenue villages, and the establishment of Forest Rights Cells for monitoring and review.
  • The scheme will be entirely funded by the state government, showcasing its commitment to the welfare and empowerment of forest communities.

Activities under it includes

  • Establishment of a state programme management unit (SPMU) at Tribal Research Institute, Bhubaneswar.
  • Awareness campaigns about this scheme
  • Functioning of forest rights cells in all districts
  • Training of various officials, field functionaries of relevant government departments and Gram Sabha members.
  • Periodic monitoring, review and assessment of the scheme


  • focuses on bridging gaps and addressing critical issues that were previously untargeted under the central scheme (FRA) during the past 15 years.
  • The scheme is expected to provide significant benefits and recognition to the forest communities of Odisha.

State Data on Tribes

  • Odisha has 32,562 potential FRA villages and 7.35 potentia Scheduled Tribe families that could benefit from the state’s tribe data.
  • There are 62 distinct tribes in the state, 13 of which are classified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG).
  • There are an estimated 9,590,756 members of the tribe, or 22.85 percent of the population.

The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act), 2006:

  • The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, also known as the Forest Rights Act (FRA), recognizes the rights of forest dwellers to forest resources, on which these communities were dependent for livelihood, habitation, and other socio-cultural needs.
  • It also represents a departure from the colonial perspective that forest dwellers were isolated entities that preyed on forests.
  • Objecive is to strengthen the conservation regime of the forests by including the responsibilities and authority of Forest Rights holders for sustainable use, conservation of biodiversity and maintenance of ecological balance.
  • It empowers the forest dwellers to access and use the forest resources in the manner that they were traditionally accustomed, to protect, conserve and manage forests, protect forest dwellers from unlawful evictions.

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