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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 Dt.20-03-1999.

By Our Staff Reporter

ELURU, March 19.

Militancy makes its first appearance in the agency of West Godavari district. An extremist group belonging to the Communist Party of United States of India (Dalit Bahujan Sramika Vimukthi), a breakaway group of Janasakthi, set up its den in the Polavaram mandal and estab­lished contacts with tribals of over a dozen vil­lages. Within a month of its formation, the squad started foraying into the neighbouring Buttayagudem villages.

 The nine-member dalam, including two wom­en, has been holding meetings in the tribal vil­lages propagating its stand on agency land problem and the futility of keeping faith in the revenue administration to solve the land issue. One of the dalam members, identified as Narakasura alias K. Ravi of Lalaigudem in Mulugu mandal of Warangal district, was arrested by the police at a meeting near Koyarajahmundry re­cently.

 While the extremist group announced that it would not engage itself in a fight with the Gov­ernment forces and would keep away from senseless violence, the police started combing the area and launched a campaign asking trib­als not to provide shelter to extremists. Veiled threats were also issued to villagers that the presence of extremists in the area would invite them trouble.

Tudumdebba, an aggressive tribal youth or­ganisation, has been backing the militants, who also supported the demand of a separate State or council for tribal area in nine districts. In its policy document, the CPUSI led by its secretary, M. Veeranna, said building of "caste-class strug­gle" was the prime objective of the organisation. The CPUSI is the first Marxist extremist group to recognise caste-based social inequalities as the main source of exploitation and build a struggle with a different perspective.

 The party came into being on December 25 last year, coinciding with the day           Dr. Ambedkar burnt the code of Manu (Manusmrithi), mainly consisting of extremist leaders known as "May 17 comrades combine".

 The party's ideology is a blend of the Marxist theory and Ambedkarite philosophy. The docu­ment says the party would take part in elections through Dalit Bahujan progressive organisa­tions recognising the hollowness of the electoral system in liberating the oppressed sections.

 In its resolutions, the CPUSI condemned the attempt to amend the Regulation 1 of 70, which was the result of innumerable struggles by the tribals. It demanded the Government to drop the amendment proposal and implement the law in its true spirit. The party supported the demand of separate statehood for Telangana region and categorisation of Scheduled Castes for distribu­tion of quota benefits. It flayed the privatisation policy of the Telugu Desam Government and increase in transport and power charges. The Government was pushing the State into a debt trap by borrowing indiscriminately. 

The district has no history of extremist activ­ity on a large scale except sporadic incidents in Pedavegi and Chintalapudi areas some years ago. The police hold the failure of the Revenue Department to resolve tribal, non-tribal land dis­putes as the reason for the entry of extremists. While land disputes exist in over 60 villages in the agency, the SAKTI or the CPI(M) have con­fined their activity to a few scores of villages creating a vacuum in many villages.

 The land struggle in the non-scheduled tribal villages of T. Narsapur mandal in the Chintala­pudi constituency is gaining momentum. After the release of the 25 tribals from the jail recent­ly, the tribals of Bachuletikoyagudem and other hamlets damaged crops in a plot, which they considered disputed, by leading cattle into it. The tribals planned a retaliation on Wednesday when non-tribal farmers surrounded them. 

   

 

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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