Assessing the Conditions for Recognizing Katkari Claims to Land, Ambewadi, Maharastra, India Essay

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2 Sociiall Anallysiis Systems22 S o c a A n a y s s S y stem s Concepts and Tools for Collaborative Research and Social Action http://www.sas-pm.com/ Title Key Words Assessing the Conditions for Recognizing Katkari Claims to Land, Ambewadi, Maharastra, India. Social Analysis CLIP, Katkari, Tribal People, Land Tenure, Governance Buckles, D.; Khedkar, R.; Patil, D.; Ghevde, B. 2006. Assessing the Conditions for Recognizing Katkari Claims to Land, Ambewadi, Maharastra, India. Social Analysis Systems2 1.0, http://sas-pm.com. Technique Report # 21, 6 pp. Retrieved from: http://idl-bnc.idrc.ca/dspace/handle/123456789/102. Ambewadi is a hamlet of non-literate and very poor tribal people known as the Katkari. The hamlet is located on the private land of someone who lives in Potalpali. That town is a nearby administrative centre (Revenue Village) and non-tribal village in Karjat District, Maharastra, India. The owner has let the Katkari stay on his land for more than 45 years. The number of households has grown during this period from 12 to 42. All who live on the land have proof of residence, such as a Ration Card, listing on electoral rolls, or payment of house taxes. The hamlet does not have a primary school and the informal school that was recently set up by the government is poorly attended. While electricity poles run through the hamlet, no household has a legal meter. Katkari homes in the hamlet are badly built and unclean. Because they do not have legal title to the hamlet, the Katkari cannot make effective use of government programs for tribal people. Recently, prices for lands with access to irrigation and close to growing urban centres have risen sharply. The land owner found a possible buyer in Mumbai for the land where the hamlet sits, and told the Katkari to leave. He began to erect a fence around the Reference and Acknowledgement Context

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