Although the event had a parallel focus on the scope of developing NTFP-based livelihood under Mahila Kishan Sashaktikaran Pariyojna(MKSP), a special component of NRLM, most representatives from the PVTGs groups like the Bonda, the Choktia-Bhunjia, the Paudi Bhuyan, and the Juang rather wanted a holistic approach to their overall development demanding for facilities in education, health, land rights and agriculture, etc.
They also shared how the currently implemented micro-projects in their areas have not been of much help to them. RCDC therefore advocated for a holistic approach along with a region specific and community specific approach to the development of PVTGs. The NRLM authorities agreed with a clarification that it does have that kind of flexibility and can indirectly contribute to the holistic development through convergence with various government programmes.
RCDC also drew attention of the concerned authorities that the vulnerability of tribals need not necessarily depend on the recognition of the government because there are communities like Paharis who despite their extreme vulnerability are yet to be recognized as PVTGs. The event placed tribal representatives at par with the government authorities, and tribal SHGs and cooperatives shared their issues and achievements. NGOs working for tribal development, representatives from UNDP, NIRD, and several government agencies also shared their views in this consultation.
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