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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, May 2, 2000.

By Our Staff Reporter 

Eluru, May 1:  Dr. P. Sivaramakrishna of SAKTI, an NGO supporting the tribal land struggle in the agency of West Godavari, has questioned the commitment of the CPI(M) towards the cause of tribals citing the stand taken by the party in Jeelugumilli mandal. It may be recalled that supporters of both groups clashed recently in villages. 

In a statement, Mr. Sivaramakrishna said the party had already made its intentions known in the Kerala episode where the CPI(M)-led government delayed transfer of land to tribals for 20 years. When the courts intervened in the matter in support of tribals, the party tried to shed the responsibility by attempting to amend the Act. The amendment attempt created more problems than finding a solution.

 Referring to the verification of ownership in Reddyganapavaram village, Dr. Sivaramakrishna said the exercise was projected as one of the surest solution for land disputes, but the courts had found fault with thje method and also the net result of the lengthy exercise was disappointing.

 He said the High Court had pulled up the administration in January over the Reddyganapavaram survey and took exception to the declaration by the administration that the disputed land be leased to tribals. According to him, the court held that the lands could not be assigned to any body without evicting the present occupant by following the due procedure. Also, no action had been taken against those who failed to show the ownership documents. Despite the lapses the officers, and CPI(M) representatives jointly declared completion of survey.

 He said the CPI(M), which presented a paper on the tribal land problem at  the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), had shifted from its earlier stand and expressed its displeasure over the outcome of the Reddyganapavaram survey and accused officials of failing to reopen post-1970 registrations. He said none had either gained or lost from the Reddyganapavaram exercise.

 Explaining the circumstances that led to ad hoc arrangement between tribals and non-tribals in Darbhagudem village, he said the verification undertaken under the supervision of the District Collector was rejected by tribals. As part if the peace plan, non-tribals having landholdings larger than four acres agreed to transfer temporarily 20 per cent of the land both requested the Collector to complete the survey at the earliest in the village.

 In the meantime, the High Court appointed a court commissioner to oversee survey work and the district administration made arrangements accordingly.

 However, non-tribal farmers moved the court and got the appointment of the commissioner stayed, he said and added that it would only prolong the problem. The appointment could be revived by going in appeal.

 Dr. Sivaramakrishna said the right to reopen cases of illegal land transactions could not be taken away and even if there were any judgments in this direction the SAKTI would go in appeal in the upper courts. The judgments by upper courts in the past clarified that delay could not preclude the authorities from reopening the cases.

   

 

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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