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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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 'NOORINTI ADAVI'

Nooru in Telugu language means hundred. Inti mean related to houses. Adavi means forest. Noorinti adavi means forest related to hundred houses. Houses is a auspicious word. The community lands (common property resources) in the tribal areas of east godavari popularly described as Rampa country during British times as are called 'Noorinti' Here is an extract about the management of common property resources.

"Village communal property is carefully preserved. Topes are the joint property of the villagers and the income therefrom, especially from tamarind, is distributed amongst the shareholders. New-comers have no claim to a share.

The fruit is collected by the villagers income from time to time as it ripens and the yield is then and there distributed among the shareholders. When labour is needed for any Government work, one man from each house is expected to present himself and his wages are distributed amongst all the villagers, the old, the blind, the maimed and the widows all getting a share. Thus it can be seen that the peculiarities of the joint village system are carefully preserved.

Serious crime is rare and theft is almost unknown. In fact, the entrances to the dwellings are not secured by bolts or other fastenings. Harvested crops are leftin the field or threshing-floor and no one is set to watch them. Seldom does a village resound with the quarrels or wrangles of either sex, and in this respect it presents a marked contrast to the frequent street brawls in the so-called civilized towns.

The people live undisturbed by the rush and bustle of the outside world. While the village remains entire and its internal economy undisturbed, the Agency man cares not who administers the land.

Village organisation. - the village resembles a township and consists of communities held together by ties of kinship. Its establishment consists of a munsif or headman, a Pettendar, (V.M.'s assistant) and a village servant (bariki or kolagadu). The munsif has general superintedndence of the village, attends to the police duties and collects revenue. He is not a mere headman "primus inter papes" He is a virtual autocrat. He is the sole representative of the country in its dealings with the Government and with the outside world. He settles all non-religious disputes in the village without the assistance of any council or resorting to the police or courts of law.

It is the custom to settle all religious and social disputes occurring among the inhabitants by arbitration.

These officers receive little pay for their services, but they are entitled to certain small shares or perquisites from the topes of the villages".

NOTE ON THE RAMPA AGENCY
EAST GODAVARI DISTRICT

M.R.Ry. V.N. SESHAGIRI RAO Avargal, B.A..

Extra Assistant Conservator of Forest

MADRAS PRESIDENCY

PRINTED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT GOVERNMENT PRESS
1931.

adavi

 

   

 

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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