Monday, July 29, 2013
ACCORD VULNERABLE STATUS TO PAHARIA TRIBE’ Monday, 29 July 2013 | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
‘ACCORD VULNERABLE STATUS TO PAHARIA TRIBE’
Monday, 29 July 2013 | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The Regional Centre for Development and Cooperation (RCDC), a civil society organisation, while welcoming the decision of the Union Ministry of Rural Development to allocate more Indira Awas houses for two of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) namely Choktia-Bhunjia of Sunabeda sanctuary and the Dongrias of Niyamgiri, has expressed concern over the neglect of other vulnerable tribal groups like the Paharia tribe living in the Sunabeda sanctuary.
In a letter to Union Minister for Rural Development Jayram Ramesh, Bikash Rath of RCDC pointed out that the Paharia tribe which resides in the Sunabeda sanctuary in the Nuapada district of Odisha, has neither Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) status nor even ST (Schedule Tribe) status, although their counterparts in Chhattisgarh are enjoying the privilege.
The Paharia people make bamboo-ware. These days bamboos are not available in plenty in the sanctuary area because of unsustainable exploitation and hence, the tribals are facing an insecure livelihood.
The Paharia tribe is much more vulnerable than the Choktia Bhunjia community requiring special attention such as allotment of IAY. The Government has tried to treat all PVTGs equally.