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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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AP VERDICT FAVOURS ENVIRONMENTALISTS

-Saturday, april 25 1992, the times of india, new delhi
The Times of India News Service

- C Lokeswara Rao

HYDERABAD, April 24: Environment activists have won a significant decision in Andhra Pradesh High Court. A division bench comprising Mr. Justice Mohammed Sardar Ali Khan and Mr. Justice D. Reddeppa Reddy has quashed state government order of 1990, which circumvented an earlier decision to protect forests.

The quashed government order had been hanging over the Chintalapudi forest in East Godavari district, one of the few dense forests in the state. The 200-hectare Chintalapudi forest is a key segment of the thick forests covering 1400 hectares.

The quashed order directed forest officials not to interfere in the felling of trees and issue of transit permits. The order was issued by the Channa Reddy government but the chief minister stayed it following protests by environmentalists and politicians.

The order of 1990 was issued in response to a plea by a timber contractor Mr. V. Shankara Reddy, who sought exemption from an earlier order issued by the NTR government in 1988. The order was meant to protect private forests in scheduled areas and prevent tribals from being exploited by non-tribal timber merchants.

One provision prevented the owner from selling the right to fell trees and another limited the value of trees cut in a year to Rs. 5000.

Mr. Sankara Reddy is a non-tribal timber merchant with a power of attorney and has fought many legal battles to retain his right over the forests.

He challenged the order of 1988 which nullified his power

of attorney. And when the high court upheld the order, he went to the Supreme Court.

After the government changed in 1989, he approached them with a fresh plea for exemption and offered to withdraw his case in the Supreme Court. Dr. Channa Reddy’s government issued the order but stayed its implementation following protests.

Mr. Sankara Reddy renewed his efforts after Mr. N. Janardhan Reddy became the chief minister. The high court first imposed a stay and now a bench has quashed the order.

In upholding the petition filed by Sakti, a voluntary organisation working for tribals, the court made some important observations. Rejecting objections about the locus standi of the petitioner. The Bench observed that the Constitution attached vital importance to the maintenance of proper environmental and ecological conditions.

Also, a full bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court had noted in an earlier case that what had to be seen for the purpose of locus standi was whether there a substantive breach of law or the Constitution as changed and not the antecedents of the person who conveyed the information to court.

The court quoted extensively from a Supreme Court judgement to make the point that the government could not empower itself to proceed contrary to the law. An illegality could not be cured because it was undertaken by the government.

The court noted that in the present case Mr. Sankara Reddy was only a power of attorney who was trying to cut trees for his own benefit. The object of the legislation was to save private forests in scheduled areas from denudation.

   

 

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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