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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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POLITICAL ECONOMY OF STATE PROPERTY AND THE COMMONS FORESTS OF THE 
RAMPA COUNTRY OF SOUTH INDIA

- D.NARASIMHA REDDY
UNIVERSITY OF HYDERABAD

PAPER PRESENTED The Fifth Annual Common Property Conference on 
"Reinventing the Commons"

International Association for the Study of Common Property Bodo, Norway 24-28 May, 1995
Studies in common property resources, are haunted by the notion of tragedy. This is largely because of the contemporary western view that property is either private or it belongs to the state. A resource is recognised in a binary sense either as a ‘private good’ or ‘public good’ and anything that doesn’t belong to either becomes a ‘free good’ or a resource with ‘open access’. In this framework there is no space for ‘common property’ in the sense of ‘communcal ownership or property’ (Berkes and Farvar 1989). For efficient resource management either it should be private property that follows the ‘rational self-interested economic man’ dictum or state property that regulates the resource use towards public interest.

This ‘tragedy of commons’ persists in the understanding of the dominant classes of the third world inspite of incisive critique of these notions and the extensive documentation of the history of informal institutional arrangements based on custom and traditions successfully serving the interests of the people and the commons (Gadgil 1989s, Jodha 1986, Gadgil and Iyer 1989, Ruddle 1989, Berkes 1989, Runge 1989, wade 1986).

The main objective of this paper is to examine the consequences of the Hardin (1968)-Olson (1971) type of State property as a form of management of commons with specific reference to the history of forest resources and forest dwellers of the Rampa country in the state of Andhra in India. The second part of the paper traces the evolution of state property in forests since the British Intervention in India. Particular attention is paid to the developments in the Madras Presidency which forms substantial part of the present south India. The third part analyses the changes in the Rampa country since the British intervention. The last part examines the present state of forests. The environment and the people dependent on them.

II

Much of the historical accounts of forests in India begin with the consolidation of the British rule in India and that history is by all accounts a history of devastation (Cleghorn 1860, Smythies 1925, Stebbing 1922-27). The British colonial intervention is an important watershed in ecological history of India. Forest destruction was encouraged "...as their removal added to the class of land assessed for revenue..." (Gadgil and Guha 1992, Guha and Gadgil 1989). The British interests in the Indian forest resources were dictated by their imperial needs. Until the early nineteenth century, the colonical state was indifferent to forests and looked upon them as impediments to expansion of cultivation. But this soon changed when they had to look for suitable timber for shipbuilding. The early policy of reserving forests began in 1806 when teak forests of Malabar were reserved for use for shipbuilding to serve the imperial interest (Guha and Gadgil 1989).

The major change in the British policy toward forests occurred in mid-nineteenth century with the beginning of construction of railways in India. While the vast tracts of forests from the foot-hills of the Himalayas to the hills of North Arcot was subjected to the devastation of supplying sleepers for railways, the South Indian tracts had the additional burden of supplying fuelwood as well to the running of railways. In the North, Ranigunj coal fields became operative, the transportation of the same to the South was considered expensive. Importing of coal was ruled out because it was considered vulnerable to naval blockade in case of war (Atchi Reddy 1991). There was pressure on the government of Madras province to raise fuel plantations and to ensure fuel supplies to the railways. The Board of Revenue of Madras was reluctant to undertake such plantations and the result was to pressurise the government to reserve forests to get the required standard varieties of wood. The department of Forests was established in Madras Presidency in 1856 much before the Government of India did in 1864g. The impression of Indian forests being reserves only to be exploited and cleared for expanding area under cultivation yielded place to the need for seeing as an economic source exclusive to the interest of the state.

This task of reserving forests was seen as one of asserting state monopoly control over forests to the exclusion of the villages which enjoyed right of access to the forest resources. The Indian Forest Act 1866 introduced stringent provisions to safeguard state monopoly over forests. In the name of ‘scientific management’, the 1866 Act was an attempt to "...obliterate centuries of customary use of the forests by rural population all over India..." (Guha and Gadgil 1989). The provisions were made much more stringent by bringing a new forest Act in 1978.

Interestingly, during 1869-1878 while all other provinces brought legislation on the lines of the Indian Forest Act 1866, the Madras Presidency did not fall in line, mainly because of their contention that the community ownership which the provincial government had tried to respect, was sought to be undermined by the Forest Act (1878) of India. Inspite of many letters from the Government of India to prepare a draft forest bill on the lines suggested by them, the Government of Madras did not accede. The Governor (Duke of Buckingham and Chardos) and two prominent members of his council refused to have the New Forest Act of India 1878 applied to the Madras Province (Atchi Reddy 1991) On the contrary, W Robinson in minutes tried to prove the existence of village and community forests in the vast Presidency of Madras. The Council felts, No legislation can be suitable to Southern India which does not in limine recognise the specific terms the ancient land marks of village communal property and special interest in its administration (stebbing, Vo.III, 1926, Quoted in Reddy 1991).

However, the Madras Presidency finally had to yield to the imperial pressure and had to bring about Madras Act in 1882. The Act was extended in phases and the Northern Andhra districts which consisted of Agency areas and were brought under the fold of the act during 1885 and 1906. The Act was extended to the Rampa agency region in 1894.

The Government of India brought out a comprehensive Forest Policy in 1894 which clearly spells out the supremacy of the ‘State’ interest over the people’s interest. The essence of the policy is summed up in the following passage: "The sole object with which state forests are administered is the public benefit. In some cases the public to be benefited is the whole body of tax-payers, in others, the people of the tract within which the forest is installed; but in almost all cases the contribution and preservation of a forest involve, in greater or lesser degree, the regulation of rights and the restriction of privileges of users in the forest area which may have previously been enjoyed by the inhabitants of its immediate neighbourhood. This regulation and restrictions are justified only when the advantage to be gained by the public is great; and the cardinal principle to be observed is that rights and privileges of individuals must be limited, otherwise for their own benefit, only in such degree as is obviously necessary to secure that advantage."(Elwin 1962)

‘The individuals and users of the forest area’ alluded to in the statement are not abstract entities. These are the indigeneous inhabitants of forests or villagers in the neighbourhood of forests who have been enjoying certain rights and privileges over the use of forests. The regulation of rights, restriction and limitation of rights here are directly aimed at these indigeneious people and village communities. The public here is nothing but the interests of the imperial powers that be and their supporting classes of the contractors, the forest, police and revenue bureaucracy (‘contractor class’ here after). The state monopoly of forests as seen in the policy statement is a clear contradiction of extending privileges to the very destroyers – the contractor – forests – police men and destroying the very sources of livelihood to the traditional protectors – the indigenous and village communities of the forests and thereby the ecosystem.

It is this policy that was extended with renewed vigour by the state in independent India. The forest policy of 1952 tightens the stranglehold of the state on the poor. The provisions of the policy not only denies the ‘communal property’ rights of the people but aids and abets the classes whose interests are inimical to the sustainable development of forests and their environs. The forests policy 1952 which owes its origin to the 1894 policy is summed up as follows:

"Village communities in the neighbourhood of a forest will naturally make greater use of its products for the satisfaction of their domestic and agricultural needs. Such use, however, should in no event be permitted at the cost of national interests. The accident of a village being situated close to a forest does not prejudice the right of the country as a whole to receive the benefits of national asset. The scientific conservation of a forest inevitably involved the regulation of rights and the restriction of the privilege of user depending upon the value and importance of the forest, however irksome such restraint may be to the neighbouring areas... while therefore, the needs of the local population must to met to a reasonable extent national interests should not be sacrificed because they are not directly discernible, nor should the rights and interests of future generations be subordinated to the improvidence of present generations." (Elwin.1962)

Couched in hyperbole, the policy statement though has its origin in the colonial policy, in effect proves worse. Given the fact that not more than ten percent of the forest woodstock is used by the indigeneous people and the village communities (Gadgil, 1989), in the name of ‘national’ interests, the state protects the interest of ‘contractor class’ and in the name ‘individual interests’ deprives access to the sources of livelihood of the poor communities. Combined with the so called scientific management and silvicultural cultural practices ushering-in monoculture, make the destruction of the forests and the environs complete. The forest policy 1952 of free India was worse than its colonial predecessor of 1894 particularly in concern to the indigenous people.

The villagers needs of cultivation of certain lands with some safeguards was recognised by the old policy only. The needs of the villagers could be met from the neighbouring forests under old policy, while under the new policy emphasis was laid on raise of exclusive village forests for the purpose. The private forests of tribals which were not touched in the old policy get subjected to controls under the new. Free grazing was recognised under the old policy but fees was imposed in the new policy. A concession of a sort is given relating to the shifting cultivation which should be curbed not by coersion as earlier but by persuasion.

The post-independence period witnessed much more of indigeneous people’ struggle against the state, than the colonial state. With continued threats to the privileges of the community interests and state sponsored hopes like the national forest policy 1988 and the frustations like draft forest act 1980, the peoples struggle against the state for their rights, the only hope.

III

In the background of the evolution of the state property in forests in India, an attempt is made in this section to review the experience of such a change with specific reference to Rampa country, the forest-tribal-belt of East Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The very name Rampa spells rebellion to those familiar with the history of this region. For the purpose of this section ‘Rampa country’ is used to cover the entie forest region which constitutes about 30 percent (about 320 thousand hectares) of the geographical area and about 7 percent (about 251 thousand) of population. The Rampa country forms part of the Eastern Ghats of India. The general configuration is hilly with elevations ranging from 500 to 1200 metres. The normal rainfall is in the range of 1600 to 1900 mm with 85 rainy days in a year and over 80 percent of the rainfall from South-west monsoon. According to the results of the forest inventory survey (1972) on the basis of the woodstock of the region, the forests of the region are classified into three groups viz, 52.8% high volume stature (more than 100 cu.m/ha), 24.3% medium stature (50 to 100 cu.m/ha) and 22.9% low stature (less than 50 cu.m/ha).

The tribal population of the region comprises of five tribal groups: Kondareddi (shifting cultivation), Koyadora (cultivators preferring lowland areas), Konda Kammaras (blacksmith), Konda Kapu (settled as well as shifting cultivators) and Valmiki (mostly literate, employed as village servants and also practicing petty business). Though the origins of each tribe is not a clearly known history, the general conclusion is that these are indigenous tribes with centuries of settlement and their own communal and territorial rights and privileges (Haimendroff 1945).

Not much is known of these people to the outside world until the British took over this region in 1765 and the Agency was constituted in 1794. Since then much is known about it, as a region of series of rebellions or fituries against alien rule (Arnold 1982). Arnold suggests that these rebellions could be seen as consisting of three important phases viz., the first phase from 1836 to 1862, the second phase during 1879-1916 and the third phase spread over 1922-24. While one could read the history of these rebellios as a process of alien effort to incorporate, transform and integrate the rich resource region of Rampa into the empire, for the preent we may see the first phase only as a rudimentary resistance to the threat of loss of authority of the traditional Muttadars or the likes of the village chiefs. The British reaction to these early rebellions were one of compromise, largely because they saw the entire region as unproductive and and they thought that getting involved in such regions was waste of resources. The British attitude was best revealed in the famous dictum of Thomas Munro (1823) who feared that government might at any time be "...dragged into a petty warfare among unhealthy hills where an enemy is hardly ever seen, where members of valuable livos are lost form the climate and where we often lose but never gain reputation..." (Arnold 1982) The Board of Revenue appears to have translated this into a philosophy of those times when it wrote in 1848 that "...the tracts such as that under consideration wild and unproductive and which form the character of the country and climate must be difficult of management by the officers of government, are always best confided to the administration of their native chiefs." (Arnold, 1982)

By 1893, the government of Madras eased out 27 out of 30 muttadars (the native chiefs) for a compensation for Rs.3630 per annuum and brought the region under the direct administration of the region. Such a change of attitude of the British is because of the emergence of hills and forests as a source of enormous gain and the willing to protect the trader, money lender and contractor who use the instruments to extract the surplus. The state assumes growing authority with the spread of formal institution of the courts, police and the expanding mobility provided by the roads. all these forces together undermined the traditional economy and society. The revolts of the people of Rampa during this period is clearly against the state’s encroachment over their traditional rights, over forest resources and those who have profited their exploitation. Restrictions on podu (shifting cultivation), creation of forest reserves, increased axe tax, introduction of opium into the hills for revenue as well as subjugation of the tribals, prevention of the customary right to make toddy and collection of forest produce were the measures that drove the tribal people of Rampa to rebel repeatedly.

The third phase of the rebellions of this region (1922-24) involving the leadership of Rama Raju, though depicted by David Arnold as an "...attempt of outside idealists, opportunists and dissidents to convert the fituri tradition..." vainly into larger freedom struggle, the basic motivation of the tribal people in these reprising have to be rooted in the assumption of monopoly state control over forest resources, by denying their legitimate communal possession. The British was forced to follow a policy of appeasement towards this region to avoid continued strife and loss of revenue. The British agreed to restore the muttadar rights and not to allow forest officers into the region without the permission of the forest department.

The post-independence period marked a hesitant approach towards the application of the forest laws in the beginning. It was not until June 1955 that the ban on the entry of forest officers below the rank of Assistant Conservator of forests was lifted. The first working plan (1955-56 to 1969-70) of East Godavari was an attempt to extend the forest laws comprehensively to the Rampa country. The forest department established a Saw mill in 1964 with an annual requirement of 10000 cu.m. of wood, mostly from Rampa. The forest department’s working plan of 1970-71 to 1984-85 included an industrial management plan, in addition to a paper mill at Rajahmundry, a plywood factory was established in Rampa Chodavaram.

The substantial part of the British rule witnessed a series of rebellions and particularly in the latter period resistance to encroachment of state of the traditional communal rights. This made the exploitation of the forests of the region relatively more difficult even in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by which the British had evolved comprehensive legal ammunition to exploit the forest resources. The first working plan period (1955-56 to 1969-70) was marked by the hesitant approach. The real tragedy of the consequences of state monopoly of control over forests and people of Rampa begins with 1970-71. In the name of scientific plantations, 5272 hectares of virgin forests were felled to raise Eucalyptus. The so called ‘Selection Working Circle’ unleashed a regime of extracting all mature and over mature timber trees from interior and semi-accessible areas in three of the six ranges and private contractors were allowed to work on it between 1971-72 and 1974-75. All that was left at the end was a record which says. Selection method of working enabled the unscrupulous contractors to make their way to exploit the adjoining areas not allowed to them. This resulted in illicit fellings even in outside the alloted areas where exploitation was economical (Working Plan...1991)

A circle for coppice with Reserves was established and during 1970-71 to 1974-75 private contractors were allowed to work and the result was: The much avowed objective of retention of reserves remained a theory and the required number of trees were not left. The contractors took advantage of irregular marking by the subordinates, as a result all useful timber growth is lost" (Working Plan, Forest Department, Kakinada Division, 1991). A Bamboo Working Circle was created over 129 thousand hectares, 19 parts to the AP paper mills and an other part to be exploited by contractors. " The coupes sold to private contractors during 1970-71 to 1974-75 were subjected to over exploitation and unsystematic working affected adversely the bamboo growth (Working Plan....1991).

Even at the cost of hurting the sensitivity of the reader, atleast one more instance of modern scientific management that was witnessed in the last quarter of a century should be mentioned. This has reference to Timber Production Working Circle with a lofty objective of preserving and developing the catchment area of Godavari on the high slopes was initiated. "...The coupes originally proposed in the management plan were not worked since they are located on slopes of above 30% and adhoo alternative areas were selected at will and some of the best forests that were earmarked as Biosphere Reserves were all felled in Kakura Reserve forest. In implementing this plan which was reserve oriented, considerable damage has been caused to the Godavari catchment area"(Working Plan,...1991).

The process of Reservation of forests of Rampa country was a halted affair. There were serious protests in the late 19th century against the extension of the Madras Forests Act 1882. The situation grew serious enough to lead to the framing of the Rampa Country Forests and Transit. Rules in 1894. The process of Reservation of these areas remained incomplete till well after independence and Rampa forests were reserved only in the year 1967. There are no legislative provisions for the protection of the rights which the tribals had enjoyed for centuries. Presently they are allowed only to gather wood for domestic use with all other rights over the forests being vested with the Forest Department.

"When the Forest Conservation Act came into force in 1980, there was indiscriminate eviction of all people including tribals from the reserved forests. No consideration was shown to even those tribals who had been practicing Podu (shifting cultivation) cultivation prior to this date and there was hardly any consideration shown tio the impact of such an action on tribals for whom no alternative had been provided. State authorities relented in 1987, when they realised that the tribals evicted from Reserve forests in the name of conservation were forced to seek salvation by joining Naxalite groups. The government issued instructions to officials in 1987 not to harass tribals and not to evict those practicing Podu since prior to 1980". (Shakti 1995)

"As the ownership of the State gets consolidated and formalised and the decision making recedes farther away from the field, the special relationship of the tribals with the forest is not appreciated. Their rights are viewed as a ‘burden’ on the forests, and an impediment in their scientific and economic exploitation... the defacto and conventional command of the tribal over resources is completely denied in this perception and he is reduced to the status of merely a casual wage-earner." (Haimendroff 1985)

IV

The brief account of the state management of the forest of Rampa country given above is proof enough as to the root cause of distressing condition of the forest resources. But it hardly reveals the impact of the growing destruction on the forest dwellers, their livelihood sources and the ecosystem revolving around the forests. To bring these aspects to light, an attempt is made here to focus attention on the impact of just one state sponsored activity viz., the establishment of a plywood factory in the joint sector with timber supplies assured by the state.

Before proceeding with the plywood factory induced experience, it may be necessary to digress to dilate some of the primordial links between the forest and the subsistence needs of the indigenous people. Strictly confining to the important tree species in the Rampa country that form as the source of subsistence, Mango (Mangifera indica), Jackfruit (Artocarpus integrifocus) and Sago and Jeeluga (Caryota urens) stand out as the most important once. Their importance in the tribal livelihood is revealed by the fact that these are never felled by the tribals even in their Podu (shifting cultivation) clearings. Ofcourse the Caryota palm which stops yielding sap is cleared but not as long as it yields the sap. (Annexure I gives a brief description of these trees). For the Forest Department mango and jackfruit are the prized timber, the former more so for ply-logs and latter for interior panels. The Caryota palm is contemptuously cleared and burnt in the clear felling operations for promoting silvicultural practices.

Now let us return to the example of plywood factory in the Rampa country as an illustration of the impact of State monopoly in forest management. The godavary plywoods was mooted as a joint sector venture in Rampachodavaram in 1972. The Forest Department entered into an agreement to supply annually a quantity of 7000 cu.m of wood to the factory for a period of twenty years. The royalty was fixed at Rs.70 per cu.m for plylogs (about 120 cms girth), Rs.35 for saw logs (75 to 120 cms girth) and Rs.12.50 perton of fuelwood. The East Godavary Forest Working Plan proposed the virgin forests of Rampa and Gudem Agencies and an area of 60,780 hectares was earmarked for selection working on 20 year felling cycle. The factory started working from 1976 and worked on 9 of the 20 coupes. Table 1 gives the details of the trees felled, the quantity of timber cleared and the balance left out by the factory during the period 1976-1987.

Table 1 captures some of the microlevel details of the present state managed forests with specific reference to only one dimension of supplies to one industrial unit. The Godavari Plywoods limited, as mentioned earlier was assigned an area of 60780 hectares spread over 20 coupes. The average size of the coupe is about 3000 hectares. The factory during the period of 1976-1987, when it operated worked only in 9 out of 20 coupes alloted and the total area covered by these 9 coupes was about 27000 hectares and the actual number of trees felled per hectare works out to be a little over one tree on an average. for one who is not familier with the nature of the trees felled it may not appear anything alarming. First the ply-logs to a minimum girth of 150 cm. The minimum girth for a mango tree to be felled is fixed at 150cm and therefore, all the mango trees felled are of ply-log variety. Mango tree is the first choice of all plywood factory. Infact most of the mango trees felled in this region were supposed to be over hundred years old with an average girth of 300 cm. At that size, the canopy of each tree spreads over almost a hectare. Since the Forest Department do not provide tree-wise statistics, Puttakota coups is chosen for a detailed analysis and the preponderance of the mango tree in the trees felled by the factory is quite evident. Thee were extensive violations of several stipulations. For another with a view to avoid interfering with the stream flow, no tree within a distance of 20 metres from a stream or river should be felled. But in Puttakota 119 felled, mostly mango trees, were within this prohibited limit.

The choice of Dummukonda coupe for specific analysis is based on the consideration that this area constitutes the highest range of the Rampa hills with a height of about 1200 meters MSL. And it is fabled to be always in the clouds, rich in moisture, dense with evergreen mango tree cover and a venerable virgin forest. Table 1 unfolds the violence with which this region on treated. With almost 3000, almost all mango, trees in a area of as many hectares, had virtually turned denuded the centuries old dense canopy. The consequences of throwing open the crown of the region bare is slowly sinking into the growing annual experiences of floods in the plains and rising sand dunes in the decades old barrages and reservoirs. The untold misery on the ecosystem of the Rampa hill country with all its ramifications for the plains below still awaits documentation in detail.

With the rights and privileges lost, livelihood sources systematically destroyed, their environs robbed of the very fragnance of life, with the growing dependence on their wage labour in forest coupes and road maintenance and worst of all the onslaught on their women and culture, the indigenous people of Rampa country await desperately a solution amidst the State owned and managed whatever remains as forest. In the outside world there seems to be a growing range of alternatives discussed; That the tribal shoudl become a co-sharer in the new wealth created "inforests, an idealistic vision" (B D Sharma), that the 1988 Forest Policy heralds a new era in the "participatory management" of forests by the indigenous people, as the basic plank of mobilisation (ASC, 1994) and that liberation of the peiople and capture of State power only would solve the problem. But all these contending alternatives have one point in common; that State monopoly over forests should go.

(The author is grateful to Dr.P.Sivaramakrishna of SAKTI, Rampachodavaram for his field support and insightful discussions, SDJM Prasad for research assistance and Uma Rani for word processing)

TRIBALS TREK TO SAVE
GODAVARI DELTA FORESTS
 
One of the common complaints about denudation is that it is carried out with the "protection" of government agencies like the forest department. At one level, the government winks at cutting of trees on a scale magnified several times over the number mentioned in permits. At another level, permits are issued in violation of forest department’s rules or in defiance of the spirit of conservation which ought to gride the department. It is to Sakti’s credit that it has documented such violations and anomalies extensively. Motivated people in many villages to report such vilations to prevent tree cutting in the first place and fought legal battles right up to the high court.

One of Sakti’s major campaigns was against a plywood unit which had been allotted 60,000 hectares of reserved forest at a rate of Rs.70 per cubic metre. The open market rate for mango trees, which accounted for 80 per cent of feelings by the unit, was Rs.1,500.

SAKTI generated over 300 complaints about trees that had been cut or marked for felling in violation of rules. Felling Rules and Silvicultural practices stipulated as follows. 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. Cutting a tree was not allowed if it would disturb the canopy. Complaints citing instances of violation of the above rules saved many trees. At one stage the high cour which lifted a stay obtained by Sakti stipulated that fruit trrees should not be cut.

Around this time the government of Andhra Pradesh revised the rate charged for trees allotted to the unit. The revision was contested in courts and cutting of trees has been stopped pending disposal of this litigation.

 
- C Lokeswara Rao - Times of India April 30, 1991
A.P.High Court ruled that the government of India permission is mandatory to fell the trees in the forest -
- much before the Supreme Court taken up the matter in T.N.Godavarman case.

Order in W.P.M.P. No.6021 of 1995,

Between: SAKTI Vs. M/s. Godavari Plywoods, rep. by its Managing Director.

Dated: Wednesday, The Sixth Day of September, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety Five.

"By order dt. 15-3-95 passed in W.P.M.P.6021/95 this court granted interim direction to respondents 1 to 3 not to permit the felling of trees in the forests of Andhra Pradesh for non-forest purposes.

It appropriate to dispose of these M.Ps. with a direction to the 4th respondent to approach the competent authorities for the grant of necessary permission."

   

 

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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