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Nine per cent people still off voting radar

Eight to nine per cent of the total population in Pune might not be able to exercise their voting rights for the forthcoming elections.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune |
March 25, 2009 2:38:17 am

Eight to nine per cent of the total population in Pune might not be able to exercise their voting rights for the forthcoming elections. This population comprises the denotified or nomadic tribes.

The non-pastoral nomads,as they are called,are not given any documentary evidences and continue to not have any voting rights.

“Even as the district has 8-9 per cent of this populace,the state level figures puts the figure at 8.3 per cent which is a considerable number,” points out Anuja Krishna,research director of Econet in Pune which has put together this study. It will be forwarded to the district collector.

The report which covers the status of problems of this community from 11 districts in the state was completed last year and will soon be submitted to the government.

The nomads,who include Pardhi,Banjara,Vadar,Kaikadi,Phasse Pardhi,Berad and Kanjarbhat communities,were taken up for the study by the group five years back.

The study showed that these communities have never ever had basic rights.

“These communities do not have ration cards,caste certificates,election cards,or their names in Panchayat office or even the mandatory birth certificate,” says Krishna.

The survey started on this very thrust that since they are not registered,the community has no access to any government schemes or subsidies for their economic sustainability and development.

In Pune,the group found these tribes mainly in Bhosari and Katraj areas where they have put up tents and stay for three to four years before moving to another destination.

The study which was undertaken with the help of various NGOs in Pune generated a baseline information on the current status of the non pastoral nomadic communities in the state and the Maharashtra Bhatke Vimukth Manch comprising members who worked in the area helped in the entire process.

Of the recorded 42 communities of the non pastoral nomads,the study has reached out and addressed issues of nearly 23 communities to throw open the debate concerning these tribes.

The basic socio-economic profile,health,education and livelihood were studied under this banner wherein 690 families from 11 districts of the state were attended to address the basic needs of the community which has been denied even the basic minimum rights after 60 years of Independence.

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