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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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Some thoughts on JFM for Consideration Presented by a NGO Working among Tribals in the Eastern Ghats - Sivaramakrishna, C/o. Sakti

Livelihood of tribals is inextricably linked to forests in one or the other way. But do we recognise that tribals all over the world have strong conventions of managing local resources, especially their forests? Just as we need proper soil and water construct to plan species suitable to a area, we need to understand how JFM must be for the tribals. In the eastern ghats, tribals have a tradition of sharing game/usfruct equitably from forests. They arc pioneers of JFM with insights of how community bonds, grow and survive. Conventions on forests management continue among the tribals even though institutions and environment is under increasing threat. In such a scenario we introduced the concept of private ownership of land, alien to resource sharing through land pattas in the name of individuals especially mea Panchayati Raj is another political institution on tribals who are practicers of sharing, equality and principles of community development. Panchayats are demanding a levy/share in resources from community lands and usfruct. We want forest management through JFM. A complex bureaucratic/management structure is incorporated in the formation and governance of VSS, forest development and usfruct sharing. The management of local' resources, livelihood and community access is complicated and politicised for the tribal. History notes several such processes by which the tribals are denied traditional rights, impoverished and subjugated.

The AP forest dept. has been a source of finance to the govt. it collects revenues exceeding seventy crores of rupees but invests fifteen crores in forest development. A quick CIS will show that most of the incomes come from areas inhabited by tribals. Now the World Bank has stepped in. Some policy changes have been made and more may come. At best the Bank seems interested in aspects of good public relations portfolios-no displacement of persons from wild life sanctuaries, people's participation, market prices for forest produce, better technology, MIS etc. The NGOs are partners in protecting forests, sharing information and promoting JFM.

Why don't we think of simplifying JFM rather than scaring away the tribals? If so, the first step is to accept the existing resource sharing arrangements among tribals and recognise them as VSS. The next is to document, understand and strengthen such mechanisms to provide simpler VSS systems. Our objective should be to strengthen the basis for healthy community relationship. Thirdly, don't push VSS as the only way to manage livelihoods and forest resources. Fourthly, let the tribals know when the forest dept is planning to cut the trees so that they can understand, co-operate and monitor protection of their forests better. Finally, make the tribal share the repayment of the loan and use the money as sparingly as they have while borrowing from money lenders wanting tied sale of honey and tamarind.  

   

 

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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