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AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE ON THE UTILIZATION OF THE GODAVARI WATERS AND RESOURCES


 The RoFR act recognizes the dwelling site, religious places, burial grounds, village council sites along with places of MFP, water resources, biodiverisity etc and also PVT tenures. As the implementation boils down to title deeds for house sites and lands under cultivation, SAKTI engaged the Chenchu youth to document their traditional knowledge in their idiom and dialect, in encouraging them to assert as inborn foresters, capable of managing these resources as envisaged in the Act.


"Since SAKTI activities are mostly issue based and covering a large area, here we concentrate on the forest-related programmes of SAKTI for the present study."


  

The Tribal Struggle for Property Rights

-Arun Kumar


SAKTI: Review Report by: Mukta Srivastava, Programme Officer, Oxfam GB in India - Hyderabad . DATE : 20-25 November 2002

 


RECONSTRUCTING A HISTORY OF LAND,

DISPOSSESSION OF ADIVASI LAND IN THE WEST GODAVARI DISTRICT OF A.P.

Bhukya Bhangya

Asst. Professor of History

Nizam College,

Osmania University,

Hyderabad

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IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE OF ANDHRA PRADESH : AT : HYDERABAD.

W.P. M.P. No.       /2002
in
W.P.No. 3357 of 2002.

BETWEEN:

The Village Tribal Development Agency (VTDA) Billakal,
Barmur Mandal, Mahaboobnagar Dist
rep: by its President
Sri N. Krishnaiah                                              ....                    Petitioner

and

The District Collector

Mahaboobnagar Dist
Mahaboobnagar

and another                                                      ...                     Respondents.

AFFIDAVIT FILED ON BEHALF OF TRIBAL DEV. AGENCY

I, Nimmala Krishnaiah son of Mallaiah aged about 35 years, resident of Billakal village, Balmur Mandal, Mahaboobnagar District having temporarily come down to Hyderabad to hereby solemnly and sincerely affirm and state as follows.

  1. I respectively submit that I am the President of the Petitioner’s Village Tribal Development Agency (VTDA) and as such I am well acquainted with the facts of the case.
  2. I respectively submit that the Writ Petition(No.3357 of 2002) was filed complaining that the District Administration has not taken any steps in pursuance to letter written by Commissioner, Tribal Welfare Department regarding the rights of the Tribals over the resources in the schedule area with specific reference to Rushula Cheruvu. In this Writ Petition status quo orders were passed.  Subsequently, some persons claiming to be President or Fishermen’s Co-operative Society filed an affidavit before this Honourable Court contending that the Forest Department had approved granting permission to the Fishermen’s Co-operative Society to rear fish in this (Rushula Cheruvu) Tank.  These proceedings are of 1994 and 1995.  However, the District Collector claimed that this tank falls within the Wild Life Sanctuary notified under Wild Life Protecti6on Act, 1972. The Divisional Forest Officer in the proceedings addressed to the District Collector claimed that way back in 1978 this area has been declared as Wild Life Sanctuary.  But the Fishermen’s Co-operative Society claimed that the same Divisional Forest Officer recommended for permission in 1994.
  3. In respectfully submit that Section 18 of the Notification is only a preliminary notification and final notification has not been issued.  The rights of the residents of the Sanctuary area have to be ascertained and the final declaration has to be made after taking into3 consideration the inputs from the local residents and the Tribal Welfare Dept. etc.  Neither the District Collector nor the Fishermen’s Co-operative Society referred tot he core issue raised in W.P. i.e., rights of local tribals over the resources in the schedule area in harmony with nature.  The stand of the District Collector and the proceedings filed by the Fishermen’s Co-operative Society are contradictory and they exposed the nexus between the administration and the non-tribal powerful exploiters arrayed against the helpless tribals in the schedule area.  This Honourable Court opined that the forest department be impleaded as respondent.  It is proper and necessary that the Commissioner Tribal Welfare who is the custodian of the rights of the Tribals in the state of A.P. especially in the schedule areas also be made a party.  Hence this Petition is being filed praying to implead the Forest Department as party respondent along with the Commissioner, Tribal Welfare Department.  These two are necessary parties to adjudicate this matter as this case is going to decide the rights of the Tribals in the Schedule area vis – a –vis the non-tribals.
  4. Hence, it is prayed that this Honourable Court may be pleased to implead the Prl. Secretary, Forest Department Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Commissioner, Tribal Welfare Government of A.P. as respondents 3 and 4 in the W.P.No.3357 of 2002 and pass such or further orders as may be deemed fit.

Solemnly and sincerely affirmed on this the day of April, 02 and signed his name before me

 

 

 

DEPONENT.

Advocate.

 

   

 

W.P. No. 5515/87 M.P.No.7398/87 Date:May 1987

W.P. No. 6175/87 M.P.No.8273/87 Date:May 1987

 "Managing Director Godavari plywoods ltd. Rampachodavaram E.G.Dt. be and hereby is directed not to cut any mango trees, jamun and jack trees and cutting the forests of Maredumilli mandal, E.G.Dt."

 Only matured or dying trees were to be felled. Jeelugu (Caryota urens) palm, trees yielding minor forest produce like tamarind or cane brakes, creepers were not to be touched. A gap of 20 meters from a stream.)         --Times of India, April 30, 1991.

 

The candidate has chosen a topical subject, very relevant to our thinking on culture, cognition and language. He has red widely and is familiar with the literature that matters. His linguistic and anthropological reasoning is sound. His language is clear and simple.

...evidence of the investigator's ability as a linguist by special training and as a linguistic anthropologist by self - cultivated interest.

Prof. A.Munirathnam Reddy, Head, Department of Social Anthropology,S.V.University, Tirupati - 517502

 

Enabling the Community to Gain Command Over the Administrative Process is Empowerment.

 

"Today the development is manaement without governance and governanace is without proper participation."

 

 

A.P.Cabinet Sub - Committee Report on Left Wing Extrremists. - P.Sivaramakrishna.

The only information the government or media always compile carefully is on Naxalite encounters, never the violations of the instruments of rule of law such as minimum wages, fifth schedule, mismanagement of forests, equity in the distribution of welfare benefits, displacement, fragmentation of Socio-economic entities etc. 

        

INDIRA SAGAR (POLAVARAM) CENTRAL EMPOWERED COMMITTEE ORDER

if the R & R is found to be lagging with reference to the fixed bench marks, the construction should accordingly be deferred / stopped;

FORESTS ARE RESERVOIRS OF WATER AND LUNGS OF OUR ENVIRONMENTS.

SAVE THEM FROM MINING AND DESTRUCTION.

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