Issues
  • Tribal self governance
  • Gramsabha
  • Minor forest produce
  • Tribal culture etc.
  • Implementation of forest right act

Forest and Tribal Rights
The Lok Sabha on 13 December, 2006 passed by voice vote the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2005, seeking to recognise and vest the forest rights and occupation in forest land of forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest-dwellers.

Steps
  • Activists/volunteers meeting in the villages
  • Door to door visit of village members
  • Night halt in the villages
  • Group meetings in the villages
  • Training of leaders and volunteers in the villages about Panchayati Raj.
  • meeting and education of the members of the Panchayat
  • Developing study circle
  • Resource mapping of the villages
  • educate about the procedure and importance of the Gramsabha
  • educate through the mock village Gramsabha  
  • Information dissemination through pamphlets, posters, wall writings etc.
  • Inform about the schedule of date, time, place and agenda of the Gramsabha.
  • Communication with the Panchayat members and its related department about the Gramsabha
  • motivate and educate the various Panchayat committees specially the social justice committee.
  • Follow up on the action taken with respect to resolutions adopted in Gramsabha
  • Legal and other assistance to the people.   

The Tribal Self Rule program will build on the process of
  • Incepting and sustaining a grass root democracy in the tribal villages through Tribal Self Rule provisions of local governance and political empowerment 73rd and 74th amendments of the Indian constitution.
  • Developing people's organizations to lead the struggle for basic human and civil rights and for social justice among the tribal and marginalized.
  • Building capacity of people's organizations to struggle against social, political and economic exploitation and discriminations.
  • Building capacity of Village Development Committee to do Social Audit of Panchayati Raj Institute and various Governmental Schemes.

Activities
1. Incentive awareness in cluster
  • To build awareness about the Gujarat Panchayat Amendment act-1998 (PESA) through media materials, village visits, awareness camps and trainings in certain villages.

2. Capacity building of Gramsabha
  • To support the process of formation of Gramsabha in the project villages of identified clusters and to enable their autonomous development from the state sponsored process for the same.
  • To support a demand for acceptance of official government resolution about the rights of tribal for forest land and against their eviction from forest in accordance with the power of Gramsabha in the management and use of its natural resources of land, water and forests.
  • To sustain & strengthen the customary laws of tribal communities i.e. Nyaya Panch (Justice Committee)
  • To develop Participative Natural Resources Management at local village level.

(a) Leadership development
  • To prepare village level activists for the task and formation of Village Development Committee
  • To provide issue based support in the struggle against any form of injustice and discrimination and in defense of socio-cultural, economic, civil and political rights of the disadvantaged groups.

(b) Women participation
  • To enhance women's participation in Gramsabha

3. Action research
  • To find out practical problems and issues in implementation of the law.

4. Advocacy and legal intervention
  • To make legal intervention to change the PESA for making it more empowering.
  • To provide legal support for implementation of the law, do advocacy for official recognition of resolutions adopted by Gramsabha by concerned administrative authorities.

5. Social Audit of Panchayati Raj
  • To build awareness about the concept of social audit and its procedure.
  • To train Village Development Committee for social audit of Panchayat Raj and its budget and expenditure sheet as well as the various government schemes in Gramsabha