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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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HIGH COURT ALLOWED THE PROACTIVE ROLE OF SAKTI IN PURSUING THE CASES OF LAND RIGHTS:

 

Order in Writ Petition No: 22366 of 1996, 02-09-1996
SAKTI Vs. Settlement Officer, 
Kovvur, West Godavari

"In the view of the matter, I hold that the petitioner-organisation is entitled to represent the cause of the tribals wherever and whenever it is necessary for safeguarding the interests of the tribals. Accordingly, the respondent is directed to permit the petitioner-organisation to represent the cause of the tribals either individually on collectively. When the petitioner-organisation makes any submission or representation, the respondent shall take note of the name and decide the issue of granting of patta according to law keeping in view the representation of the petitioner. The respondent shall also provide the necessary information to the petitioner-organisation relating to granting of pattas so as to protect the interests of the tribals."

 

TRIBALS’ FIGHT FOR THEIR LAND
TRIBAL UNREST IN W GODAVARI

 

FACT, FICTION AND FIRST INFORMATION REPORTS

The non-tribal farmers’ association has been emboldened to complain that if the police had been stern from the beginning, things would not have come to such a pass. Let us remind ourselves that the tribal unrest of West Godavari is being led, not by the Naxalites or any violent group but by an entirely law abiding voluntary organisation ‘Sakti’. Can one hope that sense will prevail somewhere in the official hierarchy concerned with the welfare of tribals and the tribal unrest will be met with justice and not further threats of ‘stern’ action and police cases?

K Balagopal
(The author is general secretary of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee)

- DECCAN CHRONICLE MONDAY MAY 5 1997

 

 

- The Hindu May 3, 1997

By R.J.Rajendra Prasad

TRIBALS holding a police party hostage for a day to prevent the arrest of their chieftain and others - injuring five persons with bows and arrows during a clash - may sound like a tale from the pre independence days. But this is what happened recently in the villages of Polavaram. Jeelugumilli and Buttayagudem mandals of West Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. The Koya tribesmen are resisting the harvesting of their crops by non-tribals, demanding that the Land Transfer Regulation 1 of 1970 (which prohibits the transfer of ownership of land in the Agency areas except to a tribal) be enforced to letter and in spirit.

The situation in West Godavari district has become tense because of the intervention by a non-government organisation (NGO) called SAKTI, which has been active in the area for the past three years. The 10 social activists working for SAKTI are Koya tribesmen themselves, and they have succeeded in making the tribal families aware of the regulations in force in their favour. The Director, Dr.P.Sivaramakrishna, who took his doctorate degree on the theme of tribal folk songs, got the land record of 1932, when the last survey and settlement was done, partaining to the Scheduled Areas of the distrct. His team goes to the villages reading the names of the owners of the land under survey numbers that can be identified today, and the tribals have become aware that their grandfathers owned the land after all and that now they have the right of ownership.

The Koya tribals have become bold after three years of a sustained struggle, having realised that the law is in their favour. But the absence of any NGO working in their areas perhaps explains why the Scheduled Areas of Adilabad. Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Visakhapatnam are quiet today."

 

 

"the administration is not finding it easy to meet the challenging situation in the area and unless what is in existence presently between the tribals and non-tribals in the area is tackled with care and perceived as a socio-economic problem, there is a risk of collapse of the administrative machinery in the area...." (Judgement in WP No.14516 of 1997).

-Chief Justice P.S.Misra,, High Court of A.P.

 

 

Readers will remember the cases of MROs and Sub-Inspectors being kidnapped by tribals, crops harvested by them, police shooting at tribals. Bows, arrows and spears - reminiscent of the great Rampa revolt, were again freely used. But this time, the might of the State represented by its gun-trotting police, their dreaded lock-ups, the rigmarole of court proceedings and the doubletalking politicians could not cow the tribals down. The help given by SAKTI in reading the records, analysing the documents, legal help to get bail and fight court cases, was enough to tip the balance.

- Geetha Ramaswamy : Deccan Chronical July 23, 2000

 

   

 

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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