Activities

1. Advocacy on Tribal Issues

  • Protection of Constitutional rights of the tribals as in the Fifth Schedule of the Indian Constitution
  • Support to tribal community struggles for protection of their rights against the proposed bauxite and other mining activities in tribal and forest lands
  • Facilitating assertion of forest rights of tribal people and resolution of conflicts vis-à-vis State forest policies
  • Campaign against largescale displacement of tribal people for proposed irrigation projects
  • Monitor public policies relating to tribal people and dialogue with government
  • Advocate for and support sustainable community managed alternative systems of development

2. Strengthening Tribal Self Rule and Decentralized Governance

  • Realization of the goal of Tribal Self Rule through promoting decentralized governance institutions like the Gram Sabhas (village councils)
  • Building capacities of communities to assert for constitutional and customary rights
  • Training tribal women to take leadership in governance institutions and in community struggles.
  • Strengthening collective actions and solidarity among Gram Sabhas to support local campaigns

3. Development Support
Education:

  • Support in setting up primary level community schools and dialogue with government to fulfill its mandate of universal primary education
  • Assist children in enrollment into government residential and primary schools
  • Mobilise community responses to ensure better school management
  • Develop tribal contextual curriculum and promote tribal culture through education
  • Explore resources to support higher education for meritorious tribal students

Health:

  • Training of Community Health Workers and promotion of traditional health knowledge systems
  • Referral Services to district and state public hospitals
  • Coordinate with local health departments and advocacy on tribal health policies
  • Social health counseling for tribal girls

Alternative Development:

  • Mobilise resources and technical expertise for providing potable drinking water
  • Mobilise resources for providing housing material
  • Explore alternatives to energy and irrigation needs like construction of micro-hydro electric projects and check-dams with community management
  • Lobby with government for implementation of development programs for infrastructure

4. Monitoring Mining and other Industries:

  • As National Secretariat, facilitate the work of a national alliance of mining struggle groups and communities in India called “mines, minerals & PEOPLE”
  • Campaign for protection of rights of communities and workers affected by mining from green-field areas to abandoned mine-sites
  • Monitor global mining industry and mineral policies
  • Coordinate support to the “International Women and Mining Network”
  • Network with mining struggles within the country and with international groups

5. Support to Community Based Organizations (CBO’s):

  • Support local campaigns of CBO’s in the region of north coastal Andhra Pradesh
  • Capacity building and training of CBO’s for organization management, linkage, resource mobilization, documentation and community mobilization skills
  • Mobilise financial and other resources for the grass-roots work of CBO’s
  • Facilitate linkages with government and other institutions for local issues
  • Facilitate legal aid, media advocacy, campaign, documentation, research and development support

6. Advocacy on Urban Environment Concerns:

  • Mobilise urban public opinion on public policies and state programmes
  • Participation and support to urban citizens forums like “Forum For a Better Hyderabad” and “Forum for a Better Visakha”
  • Support CBO’s represent the problems of urban poor and migrant communities

Updates

 

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Samata in the News

Ravi Rebbapragada, Executive Director, Samatha
- Has been been appointed as a member of the Steering committee on empowerment of scheduled tribes for formulation of the twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017) by planning commission of India
- Member of National Forest Rights Act Committee […]

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Associate Sites

- Balamitra - Tribal Education Programme.
- mm&P - Community and Natural Resources.