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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 November, 24, 1998

By Our Staff Reporter 

Eluru, November 23:  Dr. Sivaramakrishna of the SAKTI, an organization supporting the tribal movement, has said the ownership verification undertaken at Darbhagudem village in Jeelugumilli mandal of West Godavari district could not be complete without a thorough verification of title deeds and judgments. 

In a five-page letter to the District Collector, a copy of which was released to the press. Dr.Sivaramakrishna said the revenue authorities had promised to give relevant records to tribals but the Mandal Revenue Officer had postponed the records’ presentation time and again. The SAKTI would make its comments within a week of the records being made available. 

The organization would file cases on its own wherever the officials differed and in  the revenue department was expected to act in support of tribals like registering LTR cases  against non-tribal owners and going in appeal to the Agent’s court. 

The letter from Dr. Sivaramakrishna assumes significance in the wake of the Collector, Mrs. Vasudha Mishra, who personally supervised the verification process, declaring that the verification was completed in Darbhagudem and both groups could cultivate lands as per outcome of the exercise. However, the SAKTI termed the process incomplete on the ground that they had not been given an opportunity to scrutinize the title deeds and judgments delivered by the courts in favour of non-tribals. 

The contention of the SAKTI was that there was sufficient ground to appeal with regard to some cases. However, he said the SAKTI had no objection to allow non-tribals to cultivate 600 acres of land in the village, which was identified as hereditary holding. 

Dr. Sivaramakrishna insisted that the guidelines, laid down by the High Court in the contempt case (Payam Gangamma vs Vasudha Mishra), be followed in carrying out ownership verification in the agency villages.

He reminded the officials of the need to represent to the court seeking postponement of the deadline till April 1999 which expired by September 30 this year. 

He urged the authorities to supply to tribals the land records including village maps. Field Measurement Books (FMBs) and judgments with supporting documents (exhibits), and insisted on maintaining the minutes to record the impressions of the parties taking part in the verification. Reiterating the SAKTI’s cooperation and willingness to take part in verification in all 102 agency villages, he requested the Collector to convene a meeting to review the experiences in Darbhagudem and standardize the procedure for other villages. Appreciating the determination and initiative of the administration to complete the land verification as per the High Court guidelines, he said the SAKTI would approach the appropriate forum if it felt snubbed. 

He urged the Government to reexamine the plea for withdrawal of cases against tribals to pave the way for peace in the agency saying the delay in recovering the land from non-tribals in ineligible cases and delay in disposal of cases by authorities was partly responsible for the unrest. 

As regards settlement cases, disposed of under the Regulation 2 of 70, in estate villages, he sought clarification of the administration on the procedure to be adopted to verify the cases. 

He wanted to know whether objections should be raised during verification by the District Committee or at gram sabha.

   

 

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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