Public hearing on right to food organized for Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups

A civil society-supported public hearing has been organized for Thursday, December 13, for the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) from all over Manika Block in Latehar District, Jharkhand, in order to empower them to help make them aware of their right. All PVTG families are entitled to Antyodaya cards, and in Jharkhand they are also entitled to a social security pension.
A NREGA Sahayta Kendra statement, ahead of the public hearing, said, "Because their traditional livelihoods have declined, these entitlements are critical lifelines for PVTGs", adding, "A recent survey in Manika, however, reveals that many PVTG families are still deprived of pensions and food rations. Further, they are struggling with numerous problems related to Aadhaar, such as freezing of bank accounts, refusal of school admission and delayed NREGA wage payments."
Pointing out that the survey also exposes several acts of gross exploitation of PVTGs, for instance by a para-teacher in Uchvabal (Rankikalan GP), who is siphoning off the scholarships of PVTG children, the statement adds, the proposed event would help break the long history of exploitation of PVTGs in Latehar.

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