From inception, RISE has given much focus on land appropriation through organizing land less people in rural areas. Land is not mere means of production; it is more than … It is a vital tool for develop self esteem/dignity, bargain capacity, social respect and purchasing power. So it is a political element to survive the poor in the society.
RISE promoted several people organizations and enhanced the knowledge of land & revenue issues and build the lobbying capacities. Since people are organized, as collective demand on the land rights and shorted out land problems in the region. In certain cases they launched saga of struggle to capture the possession of land. Due to court litigation few land issues are still pending. RISE played a vital role by make using political will and administrative will to get the land for landless.
We mobilized land by facilitating interventions of CBOs for 6965 families with the extent of 11394.28 acres of land in the tenure of 8 years.
The rich experience of land appropriation, RISE promoted a network called AP Peoples Forum for Land Rights (APFLR) with the support of HEKS India. RISE taken the lead role in terms of collecting land details (non-controversial) and submitted to the government of Andhra Pradesh. Particularly during the year of 2006-07 the members of APFLR collected the land details in 668 villages of 61 mandals (4 districts), totally identified 104,802 acres along with 33532 eligible landless families. As a collective beside lobbying with state government, we initiated pressurizing process at micro level. Finally we obtained 19800 acres (in our proposed land) in 4th spell land distribution by Andhra Pradesh government.
Similarly during 5th spell (2007-08) again we submitted 120,430 acres of land details along with 31 250 eligible families. Fortunately, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh accepted our invitation, to have land distribution program at Tirupati by witnessing more than one lakh people. RISE/APFLR proud to take lead role to felicitate Dr. Y. S. Rajasekar Reddy, Chief Minister, Mr. Dharmana Prasadarao, Revenue Minister on behalf of APFLR and people of Andhra Pradesh. During this spell we mobilized 21,280 acres of land. It is a mile stone in the history of RISE to achieve large chunk of land for landless. During these two spells APFLR successfully mobilized 41,080 acres of land for 23,000 families in the districts of southern Andhra.
APFLR had lobbying with revenue minister of AP to provide a scheme of Indira Kranthi Pathakam to develop those distributed land, so that these piece of land should not be captured by any elite groups in the local area. Secondly once this land is converted as cultivable land, it will attain the proposed objective of food security. Local landless labour groups started using the above said scheme in order to make land reclamation, leveling and bunding with the financial assistance of Govt of Andhra Pradesh.