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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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Women and Governance in South Asia

Edited by:

Yasmin Tambiah

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By Our Staff Reporter

The Hindu, July 27, 1998.

Khammam, July 26: 

A cluster of hamlets around Vasanthavada village in the remote valairpadu mandal has become another trouble spot because of the tribal and non-tribal conflict over land rights. The problem began as tribals staked claim for about 50 acres of land, which has for the past two and a half decades been enjoyed buy non-tribal farmers. The farmers have no documents in support of their ownership. Land pattas are in the names of the tribals.

 Besides this, another 200 acres of Government land has been with non-tribal farmers for quite some time. Stirred up into action by activists of Tudum Debba, the tribals of the area were up in arms. As they sought to occupy the lands, non-tribals were ready to resist by all means. The farmers staged a demonstration in front of the NMRO office of Valairpadu recently.

 Revenue officials have also enquired into the land problem. Barring a few farmers, a majority of non-tribals enjoying the Government land were in possession of less than five acres. The tribals have been insisting on restoring at least the land for which pattas have already been issued in their favour.

 The police and revenue officials are thoroughly monitoring the situation in the area. Efforts are on to provide land to the landless tribals so as to stop their protests. The threats held out by the Tudum Debba have, however, put the non-tribal farmers on alert. The authorities have claimed that the situation is under control. But tension is palpable in the hamlets of Medepalli, Bhudevipet and Reddigudem also on account of the land problem.

 The divide between the tribal and non-tribals on account of land-related issues is being increasingly felt in some of the areas of Mulakalapalli, Chandrugonda, Velaipadu and Kukunoor mandals also. The administration has already taken up land survey and distribution in Dammapet mandal. The first incident of land occupation by the tribals was reported in Rachurupalli, a hamlet of Malkaram revenue village in Dammapet mandal, on November 13 last year.

 The revenue and police authorities have succeeded in bringing both tribal and non-tribal sections for negotiations in the area. The tribal protesters relented as the officials assureds them of an amicable solution for the land problem by completing survey by the end of August first week. So was the case in Aswaraopet mandal also.

 The district administration prepared an action plan in March last to complete the survey in the areas affected by the problem by drafting survey personnel in the neighbouring mandals. But the survey work did not progress as desired because of legal hurdles. While some of the non-tribals obtained court orders staying the survey, the tribals declined to extend cooperation to the survey personnel due to lack of faith on the official machinery.

 Revenue officials have identified the problem areas and explained to the tribals and non-tribals the legal provisions involved in the land issue. The Joint Collector, Mr. Mohd. Ali Rafath, and the Superintendent of Police, Mr. P.S.R. Anjaneyulu, jointly held a meeting with the tribal and non-tribal leaders at the Dammapet mandal revenue office on July 8 last.

 The tribals suspended their agitation for one month (up to August 8) following an assurance by the officials to step up the survey and to make the land assignment with in a week after the completion of the survey. The tribals also agreed to desist themselves from hampering the progress of survey, obstructing farm activity of the non-tribal farmers.

 The district administration has given clear instructions to the mandal revenue officers that the Scheduled Castes in possession of Government land should in no way be relieved of it. The Revenue Department is examining whether the Scheduled Castes are eligible for any special consideration as per the GO Ms. No. 41 issued by the Government to safeguard the interest of such sections.






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


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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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