Interventions And Accomplishments

Since its inception, CORD has focused on the socio-economic and cultural development of the most deprived and exploited Adivasi sections of the society. The strategy applied was social and economic emancipation and empowerment of the community, helping them emerge as a viable community with their distinct identity.

CORD carried through this mission using the strategy of social education that opened the people to the realities of life and conditioned them to seek their legitimate rights. The organizational input, built around their collectivism, contributed to the emergence of a People's Organization called Budakattu Krishikara Sangha (BKS) meaning "Tribal Cultivators Association" with a strength of over 30,000 members representing 161 settlements.

Subsequent to the building up of collective bargaining power, it was the felt need of the people to embark on certain economic activities and CORD faced the task of helping the poor with provisions for skill orientation and occupations aimed at income generation.

Close on the heels of such efforts, came calamity in the form of the dislocation of 58 settlements with a population of over 7000 who were coexisting with the natural environments of their legitimate abode at what is now Rajiv Gandhi National Park at Nagarhole. Yet again history was made with the tribals winning the case in their own favor against the multinational, corporate organizations and even a world body. The verdict in their favor came from no less than Supreme Court of India. Well CORD could gratefully turn back to see its meaningful contribution to the cause of its commitment and look forward to still greater heights.

Through organised struggles since 2006 by adivasi organisation BKS along with other adivasi organisation in the country putting pressure on the government on 13th December 2006 The Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers Recognition of Forest Rights Act 2006( 2-2007) and rules (2008)was passed by the parliament and on 1/1/2008 with the rules notification, this Act is in force.

Though this Act is the success for the adivasi struggle recognising traditional boubdaries, cultural rights, livelyhood rights like rights to collect minor forest produce, grazing rights, rights to live in the forest land whether it is national park, reserve forest or any forest. While implementing this law, there is lack of knowledge among the government officials and political will among the political parties and leaders. Any how this law has given self confidence and hope to adivasis to regain the freedom they had lost in the forest, and also protect their habitat.Adivasis have been holding their traditional grama sabha electing the forest rights committe of 15 members, distributing clime forms A for personal rights and B for community rights have been submitted to subdivisional level committe. 48 families in different hadies, 14 in hunasepare hadi of Somwarpet taluk and 34 families of Kesuvinakere hadi of Virajpet taluk have been issued from 25 cents to six acres of forest land patta has been issued.

Few adivasi hadies have rejected individual title deed and demanded to survey the traditional boundary and recognize community rights first. Claim form processing and joint survey by revenue and forest department is in progress with some objections from few forest officials.

The forest rights comittee in some hadies have started exercising their power and caught illegal smugling of teakwood by forest officials, instead of taking action against those officials, forest department lodged false complaints against the forest rights comittee members, so BKS had to demonsttrate in front of DC and demand justice on 19th Feb 2010.


Lantana Training Programme

To generate knowledge in adivasis that can be applid to curtail the decline in biological diversity and to forest sustinable development.



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