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‘mass movement must to protect Adivasi rights’

‘mass movement must to protect Adivasi rights’
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The Adivasi rights' activists across Andhra Pradesh have decided to take their agitation for self-governance in scheduled areas to the next level, by creating a mass movement of indigenous people in the days to come. After holding a month-long grass-root level meetings in 6 districts where scheduled areas are present, many Adivasi organisations decided to form Adivasi Swaparipalana Joint Action Committee (ASJAC) to work together, for protecting their rights given in the fifth schedule of Constitution, at a time when the State is going to be bifurcated, leaving the fate of Adivasis living in almost 6000 villages across AP, in a state of apprehension.

Adivasi Swaparipalana JAC formed to fight for them

Hyderabad: The Adivasi rights' activists across Andhra Pradesh have decided to take their agitation for self-governance in scheduled areas to the next level, by creating a mass movement of indigenous people in the days to come. After holding a month-long grass-root level meetings in 6 districts where scheduled areas are present, many Adivasi organisations decided to form Adivasi Swaparipalana Joint Action Committee (ASJAC) to work together, for protecting their rights given in the fifth schedule of Constitution, at a time when the State is going to be bifurcated, leaving the fate of Adivasis living in almost 6000 villages across AP, in a state of apprehension. A day-long round-table conference was held at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram on Thursday, where all the Adivasi leaders met after concluding their district level meetings with Adivasis.

All the speakers highlighted the need for achieving self-governance in scheduled areas through implementation of Panchayats Extention to the Scheduled Areas Act (PESA) of 1996. TJAC chief Prof Kodandaram suggested Adivasis to operate as organisations independent from politics, using the demerger of Telangana as an opportunity to voice their concerns and achieve them. He suggested that strong leadership needed to emerge from the organisation and outside support and womens’ support was needed.

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