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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
By Neha Ghatpande

State-level seminar to address several issues affecting Nomadic and Denotified Tribes

Activists and scholars are all set to gather under one roof to discuss issues and challenges faced by Nomadic Tribes (NTs) and Denotified Tribes (DNTs) in the society.

A social group named New Initiative for Reclamation of Mankind (NIRMAN) along with the Centre for Social Justice and Governance and the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) will be organising a state-level consultation at the TISS campus on November 5 over the same.

Renowned Dalit author and member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) Dr. Narendra Jadhav will be part of this seminar. Recently, as part of the NAC, Jadhav had given recommendations to the Central government regarding the rights of NTs and DNTs. The recommendations included sub claims in the budgetary process and how the rights of people from these communities can be protected. The recommendations will be discussed during the seminar.

Santosh Jadhav, President of NIRMAN, told ADC said that the seminar will focus on various issues related to NTs and DNTs, which are never talked about in the open society. “We will discuss topics like how to uplift women belonging to this community, the kind of special rights or provision to be given to them, which will lead to betterment of their status,” revealed Jadhav.

He further added that issues such as violation of their constitutional and human rights and as well as their inclusion in the category of scheduled caste or tribes will also be discussed. The social group will also give their recommendations to Dr. Jadhav, who can further communicate the same to the government.

NIRMAN, a Pune-based organisation, is a self-funded group started by nine youngsters in the year 2006. It aims at creating awareness amongst people about the constitutional rights of NTs and DNTs. It has been organising the state-level consultation since July. Before Mumbai, such seminars were held in Marathwada, Vidarbha and some parts of western and northern Maharashtra. The campaign will conclude with the seminar in Mumbai.

About NTs and DNTs 
Nomadic and Denotified Tribes are one of the most marginalised communities in the country. They go from one place to another in search of livelihood. During the British rule, NTs were tagged as criminals by birth. The Act was repealed in 1952 by the independent Indian government. Currently, all over India, NTs and DNTs constitute almost 15 per cent of the population, one crore among them live in Maharashtra itself.

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