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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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 By Our Staff Reporter

ELURU, April 18.

 The Andhra Pradesh Rytanga Samakhya, led by Mr. M.Seetharama Swamy, which sponsored a rally non-tribals at Jangareddygudem on Thursday tried to steer them towards 'active resistance'.  The Samakhya leaders, who hailed /from non-scheduled areas of West Godavari dis­trict, advocate collective harvest operations and setting up of self-defence squads to counter the aggressiveness of tribals. But the non-tribal lead­ers, who hail from the troubled agency, ap­peared to be divided over accepting the stand.

 An agency non-tribal farmer remarked: 'We too are capable of mobilising people for a show­down. But in a situation of serious strife, the non-tribal farmers would be at the receiving end.

 The Samakhya found supporters of its policy in Mr. Gadde Laxman Rao of Reddyganapav-aram, Mr. H. Sriramachandra Murthy and Mr. M. Narasimhamurthy of Dondapudi. There is a section of non-tribals too which feels that a close relationship with the Samakhya which waged a violent struggle against electricity tariff hike last year might deprive them of the power to bargain and lobby with the Government.

 Mr. Seetharama Swamy squarely blamed poli­ticians for the hardship of non-tribal farmers and accused them of colluding with trouble­makers. He asked whether the non-tribals who lost crops and suffered injuries in the violence by tribals had not deserved even a few words of solace. He likened the situation in the agency to that of 'watchman colluding with robbers'.

 At the end of the day's business, the leaders with militant views gained an upper hand and their views were incorporated in the charter of demands. The suggestions offered by the moder­ates were not taken seriously.

 The demands made by the meeting were: de-notifying of villages in the scheduled area where the tribal population is either nil or negligible; Measures to protect the interest of Scheduled Caste and poor farmers who were issued land pattas by the Government before 1970 and those who had been in occupation of the land for five to six decades but denied proper titles; Ratification of land deals between non-tribals from 1970 to 1978. (The Regulation One of 1970 banned the land deals between non-trib­als. But the transfers were recorded till 1978 by the department of land registration); Deletion of the provision 'presumption' on the plea that in case of a dispute, it was unfair to place the bur­den of proof on the non-tribal who held the land for decades; Amendment to the Regulation One of 1970; declaration of the three mandals as 'disturbed area'; a close watch on the groups abetting the tribal agitation and steps to bring tribals into the main stream.

 Mr. Karatam Rambabu, a non-tribal leaden from Buttayagudem, differed with the leaders over some of the demands. 'We want tribals to abide by law. The same reason applies to us also and we should not demand anything against the agency laws', he remarked.

 Mr. Rambabu advocated constitution of Lok Adalats for speedy settlement saying that the source of problem was land dispute. The unrest would persist as long as the dispute remained,' he felt.

 Mr. Laxman Rao analysed that only landless tribals were taking part in the struggle while a tribal farmer experienced the problems associated with agriculture akin to non-tribal farmers. He alleged that some of the non-tribals who had, taken the tribal land on lease were aiding the struggle. A demand would be made before the District Collector on Saturday to stop leasing of land.

 Many eye-brows were raised over the tribal MP from Bhadrachalam, Mr.Sode Ramaiah (CPI), sharing the dais with the non-tribal lead­ers. He denied the charge that he had pleaded for repeal of Regulation One of 1970. The non-tribal leaders have planned to stage dharna at the Collectorate on Saturday.

   

 

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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