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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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REHABILITATION OF THE DISPLACED  
BY COAL MINES IN A.P

Singareni Collieries Company Limited in Andhra Pradesh is a company under public sector excavating coal predominately in the scheduled areas (Tribal areas) of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) since 1889. The coal belt is spread over Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad districts of A.P. The company identified 19 Coal and Lignite deposits. At present the company is operating 13 mines and in the year 2000, it started acquiring lands in Thiryani mandal of Adilabad district to start 'Khairguda project'.

In 1989, the Tribal Welfare Department proposed a plan for the ?Development of Tribals in coal belt of A.P.?. In 1990 the Social Welfare Department of State Government issued a Government Order (G.O.) on the rehabilitation of tribals displaced by mines, wild life sanctuaries and development project. The order directed the company to provide appropriate employment to the displaced. But the company secured exemption from this order from E.F.E.S.S.T (G.O.Ms.No. 310 dt 11-11-99) from providing employment.

The company in one of the affidavits, stated that there are 5000 land losers and 800 writ petitions are pending seeking employment. It claims that it is providing funds to purchase lands to rehabilitate the displaced.

The Tribal Welfare Department in their report ?Development of Tribals of coal belt areas of A.P.?, identified 55 mandals as effected by the presence of collieries and its various operations. The total area is 11078 Sq.kms. The total population in these mandals is 19.48 lakhs (1981 census) out of which tribal population is 4.06 lakhs i.e. 38.4% in the total population.

The Tribals of Thiryani mandal of Adilabad District, effected by Khairguda project approached the High Court for initiating land acquisition without consulting Gram sabha as per PESA. The Collieries obtained the approval of Gram sabha and Project Officer (P.O.), Integrated Tribal Development Agency (I.T.D.A.) convened a land purchasing committee and approved the R.R. plan prepared the Collieries.

It is interesting to note that both the parties, tribals referred to Samatha judgment. The tribals claimed that according to the judgement, a body governed by tribals only should acquire lands. The Collieries rebutted citing the same judgment that State and Central Government companies are allowed to operate. But both parties did not refer to the directions of the judgement prescribing criteria for rehabilitation. In April 2001 the tribals approached SAKTI to do the needful. SAKTI informed the Government and Company to revise their rehabilitation plan not only according to the Court direction and also following the rehabilitation policy 2004. There in no response. The High Court issued notice to the Company and the Government.

SAKTI informed the tribals that the Government of Orissa directed the companies to provide 5% share and take up responsibility of developing the area and Tribals upto 50 Kms around the mines. Undoing the concession allowed to the States and Central Government institutions, the tribals of Khammam forced the government to distribute 1600 acres of cashew plantations owned by APFDC in Khammam district. Let us see to what extent the tribals and their organisations extract benefits for their improvement and how Govt. responds to the Writ Petition.

   

 

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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