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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 31, 1999

By Our Staff Reporter.

Eluru May 30: The Joint Collector, Mr. M. Subramanyam, impressed upon tribal and non-tribals of Reddyganapavaram village in Buttayagudem mandal to go by the out come of the comprehensive land ownership verification in resolving the land disputes amicably. He had a meeting with both the groups in the village on Sunday.

 Though the verification process was completed in February itself, further action was delayed because of seeking of more time by the CPI(M) leadership to enable it to take up with the government the issue if distribution of disputed land among tribals under “eksal lease”.

 CPI(M) leaders were conspicuous by their absence at the meeting. The tribals, who numbered about 20, said they could not commit themselves in the absence of their leaders, but sought 10m days time for a final decision. However, they agreed to the proposal that non-tribals could cultivate the dispute-free land from the current season.

 Announcing the outcome of the verification, the Joint Collector said of a total land of 5,628.95 acres in the village, 2,106.74 acres owned by non-tribals had been dispute –free. Violations under the Land Transfer Rules (LTR) were found with regard to 461.07 acres. By registering the cases in the court of Special Deputy Collector (SDC), the present owners could be evicted and the land assigned.

 The other findings of the verification are: Land held by tribals 606.67 acres, land assigned to tribals through D-form pattas 1,021.60 acres, LTR land assigned to tribals 181.15 acres, surplus land assigned to tribals 37.31 acres, land assigned to poor non-tribal 49.60 acres, land available for distribution 31.61 acres, poromboke used for common purpose 397.30 acres and land unfit for cultivation 4.33 acres. It was also decided to go in for appeal with regard to 464 acres, which is held by non-tribals following the lower court orders in their favour.

 The tribals led by Mrs. Kuram Gauramma and Mr. Babu Rao, said that they did not want the lands genuinely held non-tribal farmers and expressed their willingness to allow the farmers to cultivate 2,106 acres and also the 464 acres held by non-tribals as per the court order. However, they sought 10 days time to give their opinion on the disputed land.

 Allowing them 10 days time, Mr. Subramanyam said the tribals leadership was given ample time and any delay was unwarranted.

 Out of the disputed land of 461 acres, 131.39 acres was being cultivated by small farmers and the CPI(M) was against the eviction of such farmers. Only 273.68 acres was under the occupation of medium and rich farmers. The Joint Collector said the decision on emption to the small farmers was left to the tribal leadership. For example, one Mr. Kolli Somaiah, who owned 1.20 acres would lose his entire land holding if LTR was enforced. Similarly, Tadu Peda Achaiah would lose 1.37 acres, Mr. V. Krishna Murthy 2.61 acres, Mr. R. Kannaiah 0.85 acre, Mr. N. Lakshmaiah 0.81 acres and Mrs. Santhamma 1.66 acres.

 Mr. Subramanyam told both groups that the administration would give protection to the farmers whose give land holdings were cleared in the verification process and the dispute lands would not be considered for protection until the cases were disposed of by the SDC. The non-tribal farmers assured the officer that they would not stake a claim for the disputed lands and also would not create hurdles inn disposal of cases early.

 Meanwhile, the non-tribal farmers who got their lands cleared in the gram sabha are planning to resume their agriculture activity after a gap of three years. 

   

 

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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