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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 4, 2002.

 By Our Staff Reporter

 Eluru May 3:

The topbrass of the Revenue and police departments in West Godavari district are seemingly in a collision course over busting of a two-member gang responsible for alienation of disputed lands in favour of non-tribal farmers by producing fake judgements and pattehdar passbooks allegedly in connivance with the Revenue officials.

 A team of police personnel, headed by the Jangareddygudem Sub-Divisional Police officer (SDOP), M.A. Roshan, arrested one Somasekhara Rao of Mulagalampalli village in Jeelugumilli mandal, son of former ‘Karanam’ of the village, and his associate, T. Nagavenkata Srinivas, owner of a type institute.

 In a raid on the house of Somasekhar Rao, the police seized a take round and sold and flat stamp of the office of Special Deputy Collector, situated at Kota Ramachandrapuram, besides a similar round seal of the High Court. These stamps and seals were suspected to have been manufactured in Rajahmundry.

 In a course if police interrogations, it was revealed that Somasekhara Rao was preparing fake judgements in the name of the Special Deputy Collector (SDC) Court and even the High Court by forging the signatures of the presiding officers. Besides, he was also preparing fake pattehdar passbooks. Naga Venkata Srinivas was allegedly aiding Somasekhara Rao by getting the ‘judgements’ typed at his institute.

 After preparing the fake judgements, Somasekhara Rao used to ensure their execution by the revenue officials in favour of non-tribal farmers in Jeelugumilli and Buttayagudem mandals. In a bid to accord legitimacy to the alienated lands, the accused also gave the non-tribal farmers fake pattehdar passbooks. Inquires by the police revealed that Somasekhara Rao, a graduate in Commerce, had already got alienated 32.60 acres, hit by the Land Transfer Regulation (LTR) Act or one of 70 Act in favour of non-tribals in Buttayagudem and Jeelugumilli mandals through his dubious method of preparing fake judgments.

  What was puzzling the investigating officers was recovery of ‘adangal’ records, considered to be master documents pertaining to the lands available in the respective revenue village, and the empty pattehdar passbooks. With the adangal records and the empty pattehdar passbooks, which were supposed to be in the custody of the mandal revenue officers concerned and the deputy tahsildars, the police obviously suspected the clandestine involvement of revenue officials in the scam.

 Meanwhile, the district Superintendent of police, Kripananda Tripathi Ujela, at a press conference the other day, revealed that he had sent a ‘special report’ to the District Collector, Poonam Malakondaiah, apprising her of the role of revenue officers in the offence and seeking disciplinary action against them.

 In a bid to take the case of having wider ramifications to its logical end, the police approached the SDC seeking to obtain the relevant records, by invoking section 91 of the Cr. PC, but the former turned down the plea of the police.

 The particular section in the Cr. PC empowers the investigating officers to ‘summon to produce documents or other things’ from any body which deemed relevant for their Investigations. The police, at last secured the relevant documents from a Special Deputy Tahsildar in the SDC office through a requisition in writing for permission to do so.      

   

 

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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