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The Split Reality by Ashok Mitra

authorities have their own views on what is printable and what is not. The prime minister had recently convened a conference of chief ministers to discuss the ways and means for implementing the scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act, passed by Parliament in 2006. The Union ministers of state for environment and forests as well as for tribal affairs were in attendance. Most of the chief ministers, howev

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Tribals flay move to displace them

ake up micro farming activities. Following threats and arrests on false charges, many have fled and found asylum in private estates, they alleged. They demanded immediate implementation of scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forests Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act and Rules. The government must take stringent action against officials who foisted cases with an aim of evicting tribal people residing in or near forest area

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Tuition culture by Jayati Ghosh

professional courses and the civil services have been through some private preparatory course. There are even scholarships for students from marginalised groups, such as the Scheduled Castes and the scheduled tribes, and Muslims and others, to help them attend such tuition classes. While the aim (increasing the access of such groups to higher education or the civil services) may be benevolent, this amounts to an official confession that private tuiti

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CPM’s slide deeper than diagnosed

areas. Interestingly, despite the reverses it suffered in villages, the support for the Left among marginal farmers and sharecroppers rose by 1 percentage point. Among the social categories, only the scheduled tribes and Scheduled Castes remained loyal to the Left. The ST vote for the Left bucked the overall trend to rise from 39 per cent to 47 per cent, while the SC vote remained stable at 55 per cent. Party sources, however, indicated that the

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After protests, Govt changes norms: Dalit land first choice for NREG work, small farmers next

New Delhi : Land belonging to Scheduled Castes and/or scheduled tribes will be the first to be earmarked for works under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and once this is saturated, only then land belonging to small and marginal farmers will be taken up. These are the amended guidelines issued by the Rural Development Ministry after protests that expansion of works under NREGA would undermine its benefits to Dalits. In July

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Tribes Of Neverland

ugh to celebrate. But what it lacks is the voice of the adivasi who it claims to protect, says SMITA JACOB THERE ARE nearly 500 tribes in India constituting 140 million of us – 80 million scheduled tribes on the census record, and 60 million off the record, called the ‘denotified and nomadic tribes’ who have never been counted by India’s census. And yet, since independence, there hasn’t been a single comprehensive p

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Dalits, the poor and the NREGA

the NREGA was amended to allow the “provision of irrigation facility, horticulture plantation, and land development facilities to land owned by households belonging to the Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes or below poverty line families or to beneficiaries of land reforms or to the beneficiaries of the Indira Awaas Yojana of the Government of India, or that of the small or marginal farmers as defined in the agriculture debt waiver and debt

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Union Budget

Scheme for Development of Schedule Castes - Rs. 5,183 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 5,445 crore in 2019-20 (B.E.); Rs. 7,609 crore in 2018-19 (R.E.) • Umbrella Programme for Development of scheduled tribes - Rs. 3,806 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 3,810 crore in 2019-20 (B.E.); Rs. 3,778 crore in 2018-19 (R.E.) • Umbrella Programme for Development of Minorities - Rs. 1,440 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 1,590 crore in 2019-20 (B.

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Key Facts

pectively σ • Agricultural labour households accounted for 41% of rural poor in 1993–94 as well as in 2004–05 %& • Among social groups, Scheduled Castes (SCs), scheduled tribes (STs), and backward castes accounted for 80% of the rural poor in 2004–05 %& • The number of poor in rural areas in the country as a whole has declined from 2613 lakhs in 1973 to 2209 lakhs in 2004–05 %&

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Rural distress

household interviews of which 5350 interviews were successfully completed. 2114 youth and 4298 females were interviewed. Women respondents comprise 16.7 per cent, Scheduled Castes 19.8 per cent, scheduled tribes 11.9 per cent, and OBCs 40.3 per cent of the sample household. Non-Hindu constitutes 13.5 per cent of the sample household. Key findings of the study 'State of Indian Farmers: A Report', done by Centre for the Study of Developing Socie

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