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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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COPS HOUND GUTSY TRIBAL WOMAN
West Godavari woman in trouble for seeking village records

 

- Deccan Chronicle, Dt.16-11-2000

From GITA RAMASWAMY

Eluru Nov.15: Three months ago, Tellam Krishnaveni, a Koya woman from Darbhagudem in Jeelugumilli mandal in West Godavari district, came to Hyderabad. Four years of unceasing struggle to retrieve the hereditary lands of her forefathers from plains settlers had brought her to the High Court. All she asked for was access to the revenue records of her village - the records that indicate whose land is being cultivated by whom and why, whether lands have been transferred and how, etc.

On August 23, 2000, Justice B Sudarshan Reddy granted her access to the records, and directed the District Collector and her subordinate officials to supply her the documents within two weeks.

All Krishnaveni has received is a photostat of the unauthenticated, scribbled, indecipherable notes of a village patwari. Collector Poonam Malakondiah has refused to give any interview to any adivasi representative.

Krishnaveni is on the run from village to village - evading the dragnet of the police. Police have filed seven cases against her, including for murder. Along with 20 other Koya women and 530 men, all except one, Koyas, she is charged with murdering a plains landlord far away from her village. Three of the cases are filed from distant villages, the usual ploy being to file a complaint against a few accused and a few hundred ‘others’. All inconvenient people like Krishnaveni come under this comfortable category of ‘others’.

On October 2, Krishnaveni’s home was raided by 200 policemen led by the DSP himself. They smashed her TV set, poured kerosene into the rice and sugar rations, burnt the family’s clothes, tore up the schoolbooks of her children and her Dwcra records (Krishnaveni is the leader of the local Dwcra group), asking for the munda who had the guts to approach higher authorities. No one else’s house was touched.

What has this petite 35 year old woman done to have had her photographs blown up and pasted at all police stations and in town centres? She is happily married with two school-going children. As a rare Koya woman having studied up to 5th standard, she was selected Dwcra group leader in 1994. Since then there has been no looking back. When the adivasi unrest over the occupation of their lands by plains settler-landlords picked up momentum in 1995-96, her village Darbhagudem with 3.358.49 acre of land under non-tribals occupation was one of the first to engage with the issue.

Krishnaveni is full of hope. " The courts have ruled in our favour. The law is on our side. Our names are in the records. We have the courage to fight to the end. We will definitely and certainly win." Such an expression of hope from the representative of a people who have been sidelined by all State institutions despite a plethora of protective legislations, by all political parties and by virtually all civil society organisations, is significant.

 

 

   

 

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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