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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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By Our Staff Reporter.

The Hindu, December 18, 1999 

The tribals of Aswaraopet and Dammapet, who had all the time been fighting no-tribals for the scheduled area lands under illegal occupation, are now aiming their barbs against the Forest Development Corporation (FD).

When the land agitation was at its height, the tribals were pacified by the Government by assuring them of rights over the crop from the cashew plantation of the Forest Development Corporation at Naramvarigudem in Aswaraopet mandal which is extended over an area of 1600 acres.

 The tribals, who are landless, in fact pinned high hopes on the plantation which was about two decade old. The corporation had earlier sanctioned licenses to collect the cashew fruit even to non-tribal contractors. Since such a leasing system was violative of the Scheduled Area Regulation 1/70, the tribal welfare department insisted on the sanction of the licenses to collect the cashew fruit to the tribals.

 Keen on ensuring a fair deal to the tribals who had already been on the rampage in the area, the Government sought to hand over the cashew plantation to the landless tribals of the area by forming Vana Samrakshana Samitis (VSS). The District Minister, Mr. Tummala Nageswara Rao, made an assurance to this effect before the election. The tribals had so far been under the impression that their enjoyment of the cashew crop would be in accordance with other schemes prepared by the administration to find a solution to the land issue.

 But much to their dismay, the Government in its order (G.O Rt.No.523 issued by the Department of Environment and Forests on December 1) wanted the tribal beneficiaries to be formed into a tribal cooperative. The cooperative should pay the Forest Development Corporation an amount which would not be less than the average price obtained by the Forest Development Corporation during the past three years to get the right for collection of the cashew crop.

 The tribal beneficiaries were in for a rude shock to know that they had to pay about Rs.22 lakhs this year for getting the crop collection rights. Besides this, the cooperative was asked to share the benefit of the general inflaction with the Forest Development Corporation by enhancing the rates from year to year. so that the income of the Forest Development Corporation would not remain static.

 The tribals are quite unhappy because the plantation was already quite old and the yield was expected to come down drastically after the next five years. There are over 9000 landless tribal families in the villages around Naramvarigudem and their economic status will in no way permit them to go in for a deal involving such huge licence amount. It would ultimately be the burden of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) which had already been funneling large amounts for the development of over 3000 acres of land assigned to tribals last year in the two mandals.

 The tribals were unhappy also because only 1200 acres of the cashew plantation is going to be handed over to their cooperative, against the total 1600 acres promised to them earlier.

 The Forest Development Corporation had justified its stand on the plea that the plantation was raised and maintained at a huge cost. The tribals contend that the Corporation had already made good all its investment and there was no need to treat them in the same business interest with which it had dealt all those who collected the crop so far.

   

 

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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