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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 

ELURU, FEB. 5. The High Court has appointed Mr. K. Taranath, retired district judge, as the Court Com­missioner to oversee implementation of the proce­dure for verification of land titles in the agency areas of West Godavari district to resolve land disputes between tribals and non- tribals. The term of the Commissioner is six.months and he should ensure completion of the process of land ownership ver­ification.

The judgment was delivered on a contempt pet­ition filed by the SAKTI, an Non-Government Orga­nization, which accused the administration of not complying with the court guidelines. According to a copy of the judgment made available here, Mr. Jus­tice B.S.A. Swamy noted deviation from the proce­dure laid down for the land ownership verification. The court directed the District Collector to make available necessary support staff and provision of transport, stay and a monthly honorarium of Rs.10000 for the Commissioner. 

The court rapped the district administration on several counts, including its failure to convene meet­ings of the District-level committee at regular in­tervals, to place progress of verification before the committee, lapse in providing updated records to tribals  and their representatives, preparing the minutes of the village committees and providing publicity to the dates of verification.

 The court took exception to the way the adminis­tration gave explanation with regard to reopening of cases disposed of by the Settlement Officer at Kovvur and said the guidelines of the court were not taken in the right spirit on a sensitive issue like the land dis­putes, which worried the civilized society. (The reve­nue report said the district-level committee had no powers to reopen the cases disposed of by the Settle­ment Officer except the Director of Settlement).

 The court held that it took pains to prepare the guidelines keeping in view the fact that the land transfer regulations were not implemented for five decades. But the revenue administration had not taken up the work entrusted to it in "right earnest". Hence, the court felt the need to .appoint an inde­pendent authority (commissioner) to oversee imple­mentation of the guidelines and give credibility to the whole exercise.

 The court reiterated its stand on settlement cases and asked the Collector to place the cases before the district-level panel for examination and draw up 3 plan for reopening the cases wherever necessary. The court asked the administration not to entertain any disputes raised by the tribals over the survey conducted in 1933.

 However, the tribals had right to take up the matter with the Special Deputy Collector (Tribal Welfare), the formal authority to look into LTR violations.

   

 

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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