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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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The Hindu, Tuesday February 2, 1999

The Bhadrachalam ITDA Project Officer, Mr. Praveen Prakash will enquire into the Kotturu came under attack in police action. This was announced by the District Collector. Mr. A. Giridhar at the Khammam District Development Review Committee DDRC were dominated by the tribal issue as committee members including MPs and MLAs voiced concern over the proving the action of the police, destructive methods adopted by them, the members wanted the administration to speed up the process for finding an amicable solution. 

The CPI(M) MLAs - Mr. Kunja Bojji, Mr. Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and Mr. Katta Venkata Narasaiah demanded a through probe into the attack on the Tribals in Kotturu village by an IAS officer besides immediate release of the 31 tribal activists arrested from the village. They said that the houses of Tribals were ransacked. Women were beaten and two of them in serious condition were admitted to hospital by the police. 

They wanted the administration to constitute an all party panel to discuss the issue. They preferred a solution to the scheduled area land issue by impartial implementation of the Regulation 1/70 and take over of the Government land in the possession of non-tribals. They said that they were in no way justifying the raids of the tribals on the farms and the non-Tribals and the destruction of the standing crops.

The CPI leaders - Mr. Sode Ramaiah, M.P., Mr. Puvvada Nageswara Rao and Mr. Veku Abbaiah, both MLAs - took strong exception to the attempts being made by certain forces to disturb the life of non-Tribals in the scheduled areas. They wanted protection for the farmers raising crops in their patta lands. The attacks on either side would only disturb peace in the area. All sections should be involved in restoring normally besides ensuring justice to the landless tribals. 

Mr. Nadendla Bhaskar Rao M.P., and former Chief Minister, the Congress (I) MLA, Mr. Ram Reddy Venkat Reddy said that the Government should initiate measures to extend benefits of various Government programmes to the weaker sections of all castes along with the tribals. They said that the issue needed better management until a policy decision was taken at the Government level on the scheduled area regulations. They wanted neither the Tribals nor the non-Tribals to be put to loss.

 Mr. Koneru Nageswara Rao TDP MLA pointed out that the Tribals were resorting to violence only at the instigation of some anarchic forces. Mr. Kunja Biksham MLA said the administration should create an atmosphere where both the Tribals and non-tribes could live in peace and harmony in the Scheduled Area villages. 

The District Collector said that the Government remained considerate towards the Tribals in the land issue. A massive exercise had been taken up for survey and distribution of Government land to the tribes in Dammapet and Aswaraopet mandals since July last year. 

Concerted efforts made by the Revenue and Police departments helped in assignment of 3,337 acres of land to the tribes while keeping the agencies trouble-free. 

The incidents of violence reported last week in Dammapet mandal were the handiwork of some vested interests. About 300 acres of land was ready for further distribution. In case of Kotturu village all the families were assigned land ranging from three to five acres each. 

It had recently come to the notice of the administration that all the pattas of the tribal beneficiaries were in the possession of the leader who had been trying to use the villagers against farmers. 

He said that the administration had a video cassette of the tribal-police scuffle in the village. If at all any officer at the local level involved in excesses on the tribes, the administration would take action. The ITDA Project Officer of Bhadrachalam would go into the issue and give a report to the administration. Medical help was arranged for the women who were injured in the incident. 

The Minister for Major Irrigation Mr. Tummala Nageswara Rao squarely blamed the Sakti organization for the recent events that disturbed the Tribals villages in Dammapet. If the agitation was genuinely for land the Government was been on considering the demands. The land survey was taken up in Mulkalapalli and Chandrugonda mandals also.



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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