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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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Page No: 187 & 88

When I wrote a profile Chandi Prasad Bhatt in the press I received this letter from an activist working in the tribal districts of Andhra Pradesh – the letter bears witness both to the quality of Bhatt’s mind and to his style of working:

Dear R.Guha.

I read your coverage on Sri Chandi Prasad Bhatt in The Hindhu, Sri Bhatt visited our place Rampachodavram in the tribal area in East Godavari of Andhra Pradesh in 1987 to find out the reasons for the severe floods of river Godavari in 1986. I started a NGO, Sakti in 1985 after completing [my] Ph.D. on tribal Knowledge systems of this area. A common friend brought Bhatt to me. He toured for seven days and his report came in Jansatta [a Hindi daily] with the title “ Godavari ke god me ab toot kar girenge pahad” [the mountain will soon fall into the Godavari river]. His visit inspired me to take a different course of action, litigation, to check the deforestation, since the hold of Naxalites [Moist revolutionaries] is intense in these areas and they are also part of the nexus.  We were able to check state sponsored deforestation by forcing the closure of [a] plywood factory felling the wild mango tree, felling of thick forest by cultivation pattadars [farmers] and mining by non – tribals etc.

On my request Mr Bhatt again visited our place in 1990 when Vishaka district tribal area was devastated by [a] cyclone in the summer of 1990.

[The noted environmentalist] Anil Agarwal was visiting Hyderabad in 1992. We were discussing Sri Bhatt. Anil was telling me that Bhatt Mobilized the people and afforestation was taken up in the Reserved Forests without caring for any permission from the [forest] department. This information inspired me to take up afforestation mobilizing tribals….

So far, I could not go to Sri Bhatt’s place. Though the interaction with him is very brief the insight and impetus he gave me is everlasting and unfolded a new era in the history of resource management in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh. I hope you will cover such efforts of Sri Bhatts in our reaching other areas and his other facets of constructive work.

 

 

 

   

 

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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