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  project name ~ Awareness and Land Rights for Agricultural Labourers - Nisarga

category ~ community empowerment




  Project Name


Awareness and Land Rights for Agricultural Labourers - Nisarga



Nisarga Trust



community empowerment






Andhra Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 6000


  Year Approved







1   2   3  

  Chapter Coordinators


Amit Basole


College Park





Land rights struggle for landless families on Independence Day (Aug 15, 2004)





The project provides support to a few full-time coordinators who will organize agricultural labourers in 10 Mandals (administrative blocks) in Visakhapatnam district. This is a continuation of similar support AID provided in 2003. Through this process of forming unions and collectives of unorganized labourers, mostly from Dalit, backward caste and adivasi families, it is expected that they can become stronger in working on land rights, receive their entitlements from the government, and press the government to protect their interests. The Progress Report of their work during 2004 is attached, and is proof of excellent progress on all these aspects.





The Progress Report of their work during 2004 is attached. They have made excellent progress on all their objectives, through their mobilization in these Mandals. The highlights are: * In drought-relief work, the rate paid for digging soil was raised from Rs.28 per cubic meter to Rs.38. Govt also agreed to pay higher price (Rs.57) for hard soil. * Govt accepted that only 900 gms/day rice was distributed instead of 2500 gms/day that people were entitled to. This was readjusted for 3000 human days, and extra grain was distributed! This meant an extra 7500 kg of rice reached the poor in this village. Similar results were obtained in many other villages too! * Similarly, in the wasteland development work, people received Rs.10,000 which they were deprived of earlier. * A 15-day fishing livelihood workshop was arranged in fishing, making nets, swimming etc; as a result 15 people are earning Rs.60-100 per day. * Land rights work was organized by filing cases in court where poor are entitled to land. * Organized a foot-march over 105 villages and 205 km during Feb 2004, to highlight issues of tribal families not recognized by Schedule V. Memorandum was submitted to Tribal Welfare Minister in Hyderabad. * In a major victory for Goppalapalem tribal families, they received 95% of Rs.18,50,000 as compensation for their land submerged during the Pedderu project. In many other ways too, the mobilization has helped secure a better livelihood and a better implementation of rights of the most vulnerable sections in these villages.





* To bring vulnerable communities of agricultural laborers together under one umbrella i.e., in the fold of APVVU (Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruttidarula Union). * To enable it to act up on the issues as well as put pressure on the state and central governments to bring in legislation towards protecting the agricultural labourers * To consolidate the unions in the Mandals where it is operational, and extend to new Mandals - so that the work is spread in 10 Mandals (blocks) * To turn union into a common forum for organized adivasis, dalits and backward castes and to play a catalytic role in marking the union work on the issues in the following sectors. 1. Adivasis, adivasis in non-scheduled areas 2. Dalits / Women 3. Agricultural labourers 4. Rural physically disabled



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