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Safeguarding Adivasi Rights for Social Justice

Outreach
Type Description
Land cases Took up 313 legal cases - 18 were successful, covering an extent of 101.32 acres, which include land entitlements for
5 women
Cases related to women Extended legal support to women in 4 cases related to matrimonial disputes under the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.

LAYA has been involved in addressing land alienation and socio-economic rights of Adivasi communities since its inception. For adivasis, the threat to natural resources like land, water, and forests, is a threat to their livelihood which is symbiotic to their identity as an ethnic group. While there are protective laws in the Scheduled Areas, the rights of adivasis continue to be violated.

LAYA's work, related to Land Alienation and Human Rights, is lead by the Resource for Legal Action (RLA), which is a unit of LAYA outreaching five districts: East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, West Godavari, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram.

Achievements

  • Has succeeded over the years in ensuring that adivasis have reclaimed their land rights on about 25000 acres through legal recourse and by effective administrative decisions
  • Outreached youth, students, women, panchayat representatives, local officials for legal awareness, orientation, education and training on adivasi rights issues across five adivasi populated districts in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Established credibility, so much so that the local and state administrative machinery often seek the expert guidance and suggestions of the RLA Advocate. RLA has been instrumental in articulating relevant policies and law including Forest Guidelines under Forest Rights Recognition Act 2006, Rules under PESA Act and several circulars issued under Koneru Land Committee constituted for addressing adivasi land issues.
  • Enabled the adivasi women to seek land entitlements through conscious legal efforts remedying the inherent lacunae in both customary and statutory legal rights to claim inherited property.
  • Has produced books/booklets/edited versions, covering various aspects of governance issues pertaining to the Fifth Schedule Area under the Constitution of India.

Consultative Status : UN Economic and Social Council
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