Laya makes a difference in empowering marginalized communities

Safeguarding Adivasi Rights for Social Justice

Activities at the local level

Policy actions

  • Advocated the urgency to frame Rules under PESA Act. The Rules were finally framed in 2011.
  • Challenged the notification issued by the Government of Andhra Pradesh at the High Court for conducting auctions to give licenses to run liquor shops in the Scheduled Areas. This is against the PESA Act and attempts to override the powers of the gram sabhas.
  • Engaged with the NTFP, India, and AP Girijan Sangham assailing the order of the Supreme Court passed for eviction of tribals in the cases of rejections of their claims under Recognition of Forest Rights Act.
  • Lobbied with the Tribal Welfare authorities to follow the ‘reservation’ norms in the Scheduled Areas to fill up the Teachers’ posts with Scheduled Tribe candidates as per GO Ms 3.
  • Challenged the GO Ms 76 issued by Government of Andhra Pradesh considering the major son only as a separate family unit thus ignoring the rights of a major daughter for the rehabilitation and resettlement benefit under Project Displacement.
  • Moved to resist delivery of 4000 acres of land situated in 6 hamlets of Manturu estate village in Devipatnam mandal, East Godavari District to a non-adivasi ‘inamdar’ based on an earlier District Court order.
  • Made representations to State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on the issue of compensation for the lands under Musirimilli Project, East Godavari district, thereby drawing attention to the non-implementation of Relief and Rehabilitation Package under Polavaram Project.
  • Challenged the proposal for extension of Judicial Courts to Agency areas to deal with civil matters in the Supreme Court and lobbied with the Tribal Welfare Department for continuation of executive courts which are more accessible to tribal communities as the procedures are relatively simple. The High Power Committee accepted our contention in the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court of India then up held the contention and ordered the continuance of the existing Agency Courts.
  • Challenged the monopoly power of Girijan Co-operative Corporation (GCC) over minor forest produce as indicated in PESA in order to empower the gram sabhas with authority to take decisions on sale of minor forest produce. The High Court permitted the adivasis’ to sell their minor forest produce outside the Scheduled Areas.

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