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 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




Bhukya Bhangya

Asst. Professor of History

Nizam College,

Osmania University,


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East Godavari District
West Godavari  |  Khammam

East Godavari:

In East Godavari, the erstwhile taluks Rampachodavarm and Addateegala were brought into a Revenue Division with headquarters at Rampachodavaram in 1985. In 1987, a Sub-Collector from the IAS was appointed to the area. The PO, TW, has always been an IAS officer of Joint Collector rank. The entire Revenue Division is a Scheduled area so there is a coordination and commitment to distribute the land as soon as eviction orders were passed against non-tribals.

R.Subramanyam., I.A.S.,                                  Sub Collector’s Office,
Sub Collector,                                                      R.Chodavaram,


D.O.Ref.C.283/87 dt.15.2.88 Dear


Sub:- TGMS – Copies of A to H Registers – and copies of list of Caste Certificates – issued – Reg


Sri P.Sivarama Krishna, Director, SAKTI R.Chodavaram proposed to take copies of A to H Registers and list of Caste Certificates issued from your mandal. The Typist of ‘Sakti’ will attend your office with his typewriter for taking copies of the above mentioned Registers sitting in your office premises only.

I request you to furnish him A to H registers and Caste certificates issued Register for typing in your office premises only.

Yours sincerely,
R.Subramanyam. I.A.S. Sub-Collector,

Copy to P.Sivaramakrishna, Director, SAKTI, R.Chodavaram

Ref. (C)/ 283/87 dated 26-10-1988.                      Sub-Collector’s Office,
Rampachodavaram. From                                                                                To
Sri R.Subrahmanyam, I.A.S.,                                           The Social Service Organiser,
Sub-Collector,                                                                   SAKTI,
Rampachodavaram.                                                          Rampachodavaram.


Sub:-Settlement Pattas granted on forest areas appeals filed before the Director of Settlements and Commissioner, Survey and Settlements and land records - Verification of 10% gradiation report - Reg.

In pursuance of discussions held with you, I have got the gradiance of all the lands with forest growth for which Settlement Pattas were granted in Chintalapudi and Jangalathota(v) of Y.Ramavaram Mandal checked up through the Surveyors.

I enclose herewith copies of reports given by the Surveyors for your information.

Yours faithfully, Sd/-
Forum for Legal Assistance and Education
Ms. Nafisa G. D’Souza
Dated : 20th June, 1988.
East Godavari District - 533 248

Dear Nafisa,

Received your letter. I have also discussed the points raised by you in your visit here with Sivaramakrishna. The main points decided after discussion with you and him are :

1) That Sivaramakrishna will act a liason between us (Advocates) and I.T.D.A,
Revenue Officials and tribals.

2) That liason work means providing us with the necessary papers and information from filing or defending cases.

3) That if the liason work pertains to the tribals living in mandals of Addatigala,
Y.Ramavaram and Gangavaram he will approach you in case he has any difficulties
and seek you help and which you will give him.

With warm regards.

Copy to Sri Sivaramakrishna,SAKTI.

"The indepth involvement of SAKTI in land related issues has enabled a situation of precise estimation on the viability of every respective issue – in a time and result speculation.

One factor which has enabled SAKTI to reach the present level of defanite action and impact is the home work undertaken by the organisation to establish a data base. A major part of the organisations energy and effort over the past many years has been on collection of records, date and authentic information, both from the Government as well as community sources. As on date, instances are not rare when the Government officials approach SAKTI for a particular land record or information."

- A visitor, August 1992

Date: 17th, April, 1993

Randeep Sudan, I.A.S.,
Collector and District Magistrate,
East Godavari District
Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh)

Dear Dr.Sivaramakrishna,

I am in receipt of your telegram wherein you have mentioned that there is no progress or feed back on land problems in Rajavommangi, Gangavaram and Devipatnam mandals. You have also expressed your apprehension that the officials may not take interest to put land in possession of tribals before the monsoon unless immediate action is taken in the matter.

I wish to bring to your notice in this context that we have recently launched a sample survey on land problems in Addateegala Mandal covering all the villages. The detailed survey on land problems in Addateegala mandal is now complete and has also been computerised. Basing on the experience in handling problems raised in Addateegala mandal we intend working out our strategy to tackle land problems in other mandals. You will appreciate that special task forces of survey and revenue staff have to be constituted for effectively tackling the representations in respect of land problems. This matter is engaging our attention and we hope to shortly finalise the teams which will be entrusted with detailed survey of lands under dispute.

You are aware that because of the recent unfortunate incident at Koyyeru the movement of officers in the agency area had once again suffered a serious set back. You are also perhaps aware that among the Task Force Officers, the Executive Director, S.C.Society (Task Force Officer, Rajavommangi) wa away on leave for nearly 2 months on account of the sad demise of his father, the Task Force Officer, Devipatnam namely, Chief Executive officer, SETRAJ was transferred out and we could retain him in the district with some difficulty. Further, the Task Force Officer, Gangavaram i.e., deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes was extremely busy in the last quarter of the financial year in view of the enhanced targets given to her by the department for revenue collections. We are attempting to put the administrative set up back on the rails and towards this end we recently conducted a Girijana sadassu at Zaddangi on 11.4.1993. I am, however instructing the Revenue Divisional Officer, Rampachodavram for launching a drive in the month of May for surveying the land problems which have been reported by you in the past.

I hope you will kindly appreciate the above circumstances and I certainly look forward to obtaining your valuable feed back from time to time in the matters concerning the agency area in general and tribals in particular.

With warm regards,

Yours sincerely (RANDEEP SUDAN) To
SAKTI voluntary Organisation,
Office of the Chief Commissioner of
Land Administration, A.P., Hyderabad.

CCLAS ref. No.L3/175/2000 Date: 23-11-2000.

Sub:- Appeals – East Godavari Dist. – Rampachodavaram (M) – R.P. filed under Sec. 4(5) Reg. 3/69 by Dr. P.Sivarama Krishna, Director, Sakti Society – Date of hearing intimated – Reg.

Ref:- R.P. filed on 24-2-2000.

* * *

Take notice that the case posted for hearing on 18-12-2000 at 2.30 PM before the Commissioner Appeals, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.

The parties are requested to appear on that day i.e., on 18-12-2000 at 2.30 P.M., either in person or by some one duly authorised by them to represent the case failing which, orders will be passed on the material available.

Sd/- T.A.L. Narsaiah,
For Commissioner.


The Petitioner
1. Sri Dr. P. Sivarama Krishna through his counsel Sri A.Jayaraju, Advocate, 5-38, Bagh Ameri, Sumitra Nagar, Kukatpally, Hyderabad – 500 072.

1. V. Shanker Reddy S/o. Rami Reddy, Chintapalli (V), Y. Ramavaram (M), East Godavari Dist., & others.




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. 



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



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