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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 29-10-1998 

By Our Staff Reporter 

ELURU, Oct. 28.

The officers monitoring land verification in West Godavari are grappling with complex legal situations which might take considerable time even for courts to untangle.

 The decision on some cases was put off, some were referred to legal experts and some were decided in the light of previous court judgments. In a case, tribals asked for nullifying a land transfer between a "Dolu Koya" land owner and a non-tribal buyer on the ground that the for­mer was a tribal and transfer of the land from a tribal should be supported by permission from the Agent to the Government. 

But Dolu Koya was not recognised as a tribal community before Independence implying that their status was that of non-tribals during the period. The High Court also upheld the view in a case.

 The official team led by the Joint Collector, Mr. Subramanyam. which supervised the ver­ification process in Reddyganapavaram village f Buttayagudem mandal, explained to tribals the implications of the High Court judgment. Similarly, Naiks were recognised as a Scheduled Tribe at a later stage and it had no retrospective effect.

 Both Mala and Madiga were recognised as hill tribes before Independence in the agency and land transfer from an SC owner attracts the Land Transfer Regulation rules similar to a tribal.  However, in a case, one Samson sold his land to a non- tribal.

 The seller was identified as "Christian". Tribal wanted to apply LTR provisions in the case saying that the successors of Samson were certified the revenue department as Scheduled caste persons. However, the officials went by the entries in the document which was Christian (non-tribal).

 In a case in Darbhagudem, one P. Janakamma 2.76 acres of land to her brother's daughter, G. Jaggamma. The transfer attracts the pro­visions of LTR since the transaction was between two non-tribals. However, the non-trib­als argued that no sale had taken place and the owner had gifted the piece of land to her close relative. The officials decided to refer the case to legal experts.

 In Reddyganapavaram, one G.Laxmana Rao had been cultivating the land for the past few years. When the verification started, he failed to produce the supporting documents and volun­tarily gave up the land. The administration de­cided to immediately take possession of the land. The same farmer cultivated 12.15 acres against which a tribal, Mr N.Mutyalu, was recorded as the owner.

 But the tribals argued at the gram sabha that the tribal was an "absentee owner" and the non-tribal was the actual cultivator. The admin­istration is finding ways to evict the landlord legally.

 The verification in Reddyganapavarm is nearing completion and tribals led by the CPI(M) expressed satisfaction over the process. The CPI (M) engaged an advocate to peruse the docu­ments. So far, the administration decided to reg­ister cases under the provisions of LTR against the owners of 401.66 acres, who were believed to have been holding the land against the agen­cy law.

 Also, an extent of 367 acres would go in ap­peal before the agent to Government since the Special Deputy Collector (Tribal Welfare) gave an order in favour of non-tribals. The tribals and the administration decided that they had a case to fight in the higher courts.

 The gram sabha cleared 1851.40 acres relat­ing to tribals, 859.42 acres to non-tribals and the decision on 1736.04 acres was put off to enable further verification of records. The ad­ministration detected 38.69 acres for immediate assignment. The Government land in the village is 374.74 acres.

   

 

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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