Public Land Protection Cells: Securing Public Land for Public Good

Hosted by Vaishnavi Rathore 
Edited by Manasi Nene

In states across the country, especially Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, access to common lands or commons, is essential for local communities. These lands are central to the communities’ livelihoods, their security and their dignity.

But commons have been subject to encroachments time and again, by a variety of stakeholders—communities, governments, businesses and more. And resolving these conflicts is never easy, as witnessed by a mounting number of cases in Rajasthan.

To address these conflicts and speed up the resolution process, the Rajasthan High Court ordered the formation of Public Land Protection Cells (PLPCs). So how can these PLPCs actually make a difference to communities that rely on commons? We explore with Pooja Chandran from the Foundation for Ecological Security, and Puspa Sen from Jan Chetna Sansthan, to find out more.

Vaishnavi, The Bastion's Environment Lead, is interested in covering stories on forest and land rights, ecological restoration, governance of commons, and environmental justice.
Manasi is a writer, filmmaker, and musician who is keen on exploring issues of education, technology and community mental health. She has also been active in the beatboxing and slam poetry communities of India. Off-the-clock, she can be found cycling, daydreaming, or daydreaming about cycling. Manasi works as The Bastion's Multimedia Associate.

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