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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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ITDA OFFICIALS ASKED TO PAY WAGES
-Indian Express - November 24, 1995
 
Horticultural officer of ITDA has been directed to pay the wages to his employees for having failed to discharge legitimate obligation under Minimum Wages Act.

The Act was intended to prevent sweating of labour through the payment of unduly low wages. As many as 36 unskilled workers filed a petition against the officer of horticultural farm before enforcing authority claiming the wages as per the order. The matter was finally disposed off recently directing the officer to pay Rs. 1,25,775 on which half of the amount as compensation for the delayed payments. They were being paid Rs. 19 instead of Rs. 26 by the time of filing petition in 1992.

Jayamma, president of workers told ENS she did three years legal battle to get the fair wages. Similarly on the petition filed by workmen of Horticultural farm at Vetamamidi in Addateegala mandal the enforcing officer ordered horticultural farm to pay differential wages and compensation of Rs. 95,046.

The successors said that they would move petitions again for the differential wages as per the revised minimum wages. While the wage board ordered to pay Rs. 39 the horticultural officers of different farms in the agency area of East Godavari district were paying of Rs. 26 only.

For revision and implementation of minimum wages in forest works

IN THE HIGH COURT OF ANDHRA PRADESH : HYDERABAD

W.P.NO. 5033/90

SAKTI
Vs
State of A.P. & others

Relief Sought: To revise the minimum rates of wages on the employment in forestry land timbering operations with in six months by issuing appropriate notification

Relief Granted: "Revised"

IN THE HIGH COURT OF ANDHRA PRADESH : HYDERABAD

W.P.No. 14398/91

ORDER Dated: 13-03-2002

SAKTI
Vs
1. Conservator of Forests, Logging Project Circle, Rajahmundry,
2. The Commissioner of Labour, Govt. of A.P., Hyderabad.

Brief Note: Petition filed direct to revise the forest schedule of rates (FSR) for works according to the minimum rates of wages in AP Gazettee No.268 dt.30.8.90.

Relief Sought: To direct the conservation of forests logging project circle to revise the forest schedule of rates for 1992-1993 in respect of Bamboo section in accordance with the minimum wages prescribed to workers working in Bamboo operations as per notification published in A.P.Gazette No.268 dated 30-8-1990 and consequently pay the differences in wages with effect from 1-4-1992 to the workers

Relief Granted: "The Ist respondent (Conservator of Forests, Logging Project Circle, Rajahmundry) as filed counter stating that the Forest Department revised the rates and issued orders for implementation of the same w.e.f. 1-12-1991.

In view of the revision of rates which were already effected by the forest Department, no cause of action survives for adjudication in this writ petition. Hence the writ petition is dismissed."

Date: 04-12-2001

To

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Forest Department, Aranya Bhavan
Hyderabad

AND

The Commissioner of Tribal Welfare,
Telugu Samkshema Bhavan,
Masab tank
Hyderabad

Sir,

Sub: minimum wages - F.S.R., Rajahmundry Circle- F.S.R., Adilabad, Warangal and Khammam circle - discrepancies – guidelines of M.o.E.F., Govt. Of India – reminder with a poster- regarding.

***

The minimum wages of Forestry & Timbering operations were fixed in 1983. The wages should be revised for every five years. The wages were revised in August 30 1990, no. 268 at the instance of High Court direction in response to the Writ Petition filed by our Organisation. We found that the F.S.R. fixed by Conservator Rajahmundry are less than minimum wages. (table enclosed). We filed a Writ Petition in High Court seeking directions to follow the minimum wages, which is pending (W.P.No. 14398/91). Though revision of minimum wages is mandatory for every five years, government did not revise the minimum wages in the Forestry & Timbering operations for the last 10 years. The wages were revised recently in May 4 2001, no.178.

I requested Conservator, Rajahmundry to provide a copy of F.S.R. to enable me to give a feed back on differences, but in vain. But I secured a copy of it and also collected the copy of the FSR for Warangal circle also. I have compared the same and tabulated the anomalies. (table enclosed).

I would like to bring to your notice regarding the ‘guidelines on tribal-forest interface’, guidelines issued vide no. 13-1/90-FP(4) dated 18.9.1990 by Ministry Of Environment and Forests, Government of India. One of the guidelines is ‘Elimination of intermediaries and payment of fair wages to the labourers on forestry works’. The guideline stipulates

d) representatives of Tribal Welfare Departments should sit in the Wage Board appointed by Forest Department for fixation of daily wages rates.

f) uniform wage rates should be prescribed for similar piece of works throughout the area by the State Government for all agencies

g) for payment of wages for forestry operations the State Forest Departments and Forest Corporations should comply with the provisions of the Minimum wages Act.

(copy of guidelines enclosed)

I request both the Forest and Tribal Welfare departments to take the necessary steps in implementing above guidelines in bringing uniformity in the units of works and comply with the minimum wages. I request both the departments to communicate this issue to the P.O.s, I.T.D.A., who are chairpersons JFM committees in tribal areas.

Yours Sincerely,

(P.SIVARAMAKRISHNA)

SAKTI, 305, Ist Block,
Janapriya Abodes Apartments,
Gandhinagar, Musheerabad, Hyderabad.-80
Ph: 55614787

Enclosures:

1. Differences between Minimum wages gazette (1990) and F.S.R. Rajahmundry circle (1991-1992)
2. Discrepancies between F.S.R., Rajahmundry circle (2001-2002) and Minimum wages gazette- 2001
3. Discrepancies between F.S.R., Adilabad, Warangal and Khammam circles (2001-2002) and Minimum wages gazette-2001
4. Guidelines on tribal-forest interface, M.O.E.F., New Delhi., issued vide No. 13-1/90-FP dated 18.9.1990
5. Poster on the above guidelines

Copies to:

1. Conservator of forests, Rajahmundry circle
2. Conservator of forests, Adilabad circle
3. Conservator of forests, Khammam circle
4. Conservator of forests, Warangal circle
5. Secretary, Tribal Welfare Department
6. Principal Secretary, Forests
7. The Commissioner, Labour Welfare department
8. Joint Secretary, Forests

 

BEFORE THE AUTHORITY UNDER MINIMUM WAGES ACT AND THE ASST. COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR, RAJAHMUDRY

PRESENT: SRI Y. SURYA PRASAD? M. COM., B.L.

VIDWAN, CAIID. PGDPM, (NIPM)

STATION: RAJAHMUDRY

W. BO. 4/90 Dt. 26-4-91

Sri kanaal narasamm & 21 others,

Rampachodavaram .. Applicant.

And:

The Executive Engineer,

Girijana samshemam,

Rampachodavaram.

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This is an application filed by the applicant claiming Minimum Wages as fixed in G.O. Ms. No. 101. dt. 7-10-88. the respondent who is the executing body of the Governments informed in his letter dt. 22-8-90 that the matter is informed to the concerned contractors. But no contractor appeared before me. As such the application was heard from time to time and finally on 16-10-90.

Having considered all the material put forth before me, the evidence adduced and the arguments heard I deliver the following:

ORDER;

SMT. K. Nrasamma, one of the applicant was examined as AW-I. She deposed that she worked as the daily Labourer at pandirimamidi, in digging of canal for day in May 1990 ie, summer of the year 1990. Along with her 21 others who are applicants in the claim work for all the 10 days. Sri Seetapati who was supervisor used to pay them at Rs. 16/- PD. The Executive Engineer, Girijana Samshemam was the principal employer. As the are entitled for daily wage of 18-70. PS. Per day as per G.O. Ms. No. 101 dt. 7-10-88, they filed this claim for difference of Wages as they are all uneducated. Sri Sivarama Krishna of "SAKTI" Voluntaree Organisation was approached by them and with his help they filed this claim application. They pray this authority to award difference of Wages with compensation as deemed fit.

Sri. P. Babu Rao, another worker was examined as AW- 2. He deposed that he along with other 21 applicants worked at Pandirimamidi, during the May 1990 for 10 days and they were paid Rs. 16/- P. D. He also deposed the facts stated by the AW -1.

It is evident from the evidence adduced on behalf of the applicants that they were paid Rs. 16/- P.d. against the minimum Wage of Rs. 18-70 ps. As the applicant could no identify the contractor they preferred this claim against the principal employer. The respondent who is a principal employer also did not prove that the contractor is a contract Licensed under Contact Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act. 1970. as such the responsibility of payment of statutory. Wage falls on him. However he may recover the said amounts in turn from the Contactors if any. As such I hereby held that the applicants are entitled for the Minimum Wage of Rs. 18-70 ps. As fixed G.O. Ms. No. 101, dt. 7-10-88. further as the poor and illiterate tribes are deprived at the Minimum wage and even the name of the Contractor which could have been exhibited at the place of execution of work was not made known to them I deem it just to award a compensation amounting to 2 times of the difference of wages.

Accordingly I hereby directed the respondent to deposit within 30 days from the date of this order Rs. 594/- towards difference of wages to give with compensation of Rs. 1, 188/-. He may recover the said amounts from the concerned contractors if any.

No order as to costs.

Dictated by me this 26 th April, 1991 and transcribe by the Steno-grapher and corrected by me.

AUTHORITY UNDER MINIMUM WAGES ACT

AND

ASST. COMMISSIONER OF LABOUR,

RAJAHMUNDRY .

   

 

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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