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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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The Hindu, March 28, 2000.

By Our Staff Reporter

Eluru, March 27: The tribal, non-tribal struggle for land in the agency of West Godavari has entered a new phase with a change in equations. The ad hoc arrangement outside the legal and political purview has helped both groups find supporters in the opposite camps. The division of people on ethnic lines no longer holds in the agency.

As per the compromise formula, the non-tribal farmers of Darbhagudem village transferred 20 per cent of land from their holdings to tribals temporarily. Tribals stopped interfering with the agriculture operations of non-tribals in 80 per cent of the land.

A panel, consisting of non-tribal and tribal leaders, was constituted to execute the peace formula: So far, the panel supervised transfer of about 435 acres to tribals under Darbhagudem revenue limits. The tribals of Panduvarigudem, Pathacheemalavarigudem, Tapasivarigudem and Laxmipuram shared the land which worked out to three acres for each family.

However, some of the non-tribal landowners in Laxmipuram refused to part with 20 per cent of the land on the ground that a "gentleman's agreement" was not binding on them. They termed the formula illegal. Recently, tribals raided the oil palm plot of a non-abiding farmer and destroyed the trees. The tribals subjected to harassment of others who failed to honour the ad hoc agreement by locking the farm-houses. The aggrieved land owners complained to the police accusing certain non-tribal leaders of being responsible for the raid.

The pro-agreement non-tribals and tribals joined hands to resist the arrest of non-tribal leaders. The non-tribals contrend that they bought peace with tribals and could cultivate their lands for the first time in four years. They said their patience had exhausted to waif for the administration to solve their problem within the legal purview, it is better to forgo 20 per cent of their land than lose several crop years, they said.

On the other hand, the non-tribal owners who were opposed to the compromise formula found supporters for their cause among tribals. The tribals who were denied land for not participating in the land struggle had gone into their fold. The compromise formula was honoured in Darbhagudem and Rachannagudem villages while the farmers of P. Rajavaram, Sirrivarigudem and Vankavarigudem refused to share their landholdings with tribals. They brought the issue to the notice of the Government indicating the role of non-tribal leaders in the matter.

In the recent developments, the tribals of Madakamvarigudem and Datlavarigudem had come under the influence of CPI(M), which started its activity in Jeelugumilli area. So far, the CPI(M) confined itself to the villages of Buttayagudem mandal while SAKTI, an NGO, operated in Jeelugumilli. The "boundary disputes" led to serious differences among the local tribals. The result of the realignment is that there are tribal groups which are against each other and non-tribal groups opposed to each other.

In case of disturbances, clashes are feared among tribals groups or groups consisting of tribals and non-tribals on both sides.

   

 

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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