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Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups: An impact analysis of the policies and programmes for the development of Saharia community in Madhya Pradesh
The particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PTGs) is a subgroup of the larger tribal group. They are identified on the basis of their vulnerable characteristics, i.e. small size or diminishing population, primitive agricultural practices and low level of literacy. Based on these criteria, the government of India has designated 75 Tribal Groups as PTGs in order to keep them under a special care and protection with an approach of holistic development, so that they can be mainstreamed with the rest of the tribal group. The tribal ministry had given a timeline to reduce their numbers by the end of the 10th plan period. To achieve this goal the government of India undertakes a number of special schemes for their socio-economic development. However, even after many years of their inclusion, none of the community has been mainstreamed so far.
Under this background, the question arises as to how long the communities will remain as vulnerable? What is the impact of implemented policies and programmes in the life of PTGs? What is the implementation status of those programmes? Are the existing programmes not enough to address their vulnerable conditions? Hence, the study on Saharia community, one amongst the 75 PTGs in the country and out of 3 PTGs in the state of Madhya Pradesh is undertaken with following objectives.
1.    To map the socio-economic status of the Saharia community and the major policies and programs evolved in their development.
2.    To study the implementation process, mechanisms, reach out and gaps if any, of the policies and programmes.
3.    To critically analyze the fund allocation and utilization in selected programmes i.e Agriculture, Livelihood and Housing.
4.    To assess the major benefits of Agriculture, Livelihood and Housing programmes and to find out to what extent these programmes have made an impact in reducing the vulnerabilities of the Saharia Community.
Vulnerabilities of Half-Widows of Jammu and Kashmir: Role of the Judiciary, State, Civil Society and Community
Over last two decades, the armed conflict region of Jammu and Kashmir has experienced political, social, economic and cultural turmoil. What is being called “the Kashmir freedom struggle” is caught between the militancy and militarization of the region. For more than two decades, Kashmir and parts of Jammu have suffered from enormous hardship. An environment of deep mistrust has developed and people generally have become wary of state authority. The people of Kashmir have endless stories of death and disappearances of their near and dear ones. Over the years, thousands of people, mostly young men, have disappeared in Jammu and Kashmir. The disappeared persons in conflict affected areas are men and they have left behind wives and families. The wives they left behind are known as half-widows, (women the whereabouts of whose husbands are not known.
Women of Jammu and Kashmir may not been the direct targets of the violence, yet their sufferings are severe and often the magnitude of the damage suffered by them goes unnoticed. The half widow, being a woman and a single woman (in the absence of her spouse), undergoes physical and psychological victimization, experiences hardship at the social and economic fronts, withstanding the hostile environment of political instability and insecurity around and un-conducive family and social surroundings.
There is considerable lack of knowledge among mainstream India about half-widow in Jammu and Kashmir. The issues of half-widow have not been either captured sufficiently or paid much attention to in order to mitigate the vulnerabilities. It is in this context, the study is undertaken to examine the vulnerabilities of half widows of Jammu and Kashmir and the role of the Judiciary, State, Civil society and Community, in mitigating the vulnerabilities, both the role played so far and what could be their role in the future.
How do the multidimensional vulnerabilities affect the well-being of women of Jammu and Kashmir and how do they cope up with the situation in the midst of all the adversities they confront is the focal interest of the study. Beyond the narratives of vulnerability the study will attempt to capture the other side of the story i.e. the power of women of Jammu and Kashmir. The new and multifarious roles assumed by half widow after the disappearance of her husband, only proves that she gained an inner strength that she never knew she had. In the midst of adversities what power from within worked for women of Jammu and Kashmir and how were they able to confront the realities is an important objective of the study.
Delhi on the Margins: A Study of Delhi Metro Contract Workers
The increasing marginalization of labour is a global phenomenon which has its ill effects on the Indian labour market. The marginalization of contract workers is part of the global trend of increasing labour flexibility in the pursuit of higher profit margins, greater efficiency and higher productivity. However, this increasing flexibility in the labour market is leading to greater exploitation of labour resulting in greater marginalization of workers, especially contract labour and unorganized labour. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which was established to provide a world class public transportation system in Delhi, is an apt illustration of the global trend on labour. The Delhi Metro began operating in phases from December 2002, and presently, the Delhi Metro network consists of six lines with a total length of 189.63 km with 142 stations. DMRC has a core staff of 7,035 personnel engaged in its Project Wing and Operation and Maintenance Wing. In addition, it has outsourced to private companies three operational services, namely Housekeeping services, Customer Facilitation Services and Ticket Office Machine (TOM) operations. This research project on Delhi Metro contract workers is undertaken to study the extent of marginalization of about 5000 contract workers engaged in these three operational services. It analyzes various issues related to the marginalization of contract workers employed by private companies. It looks at the causes of marginalization, the extent of marginalization, the impact of marginalization and the responses to marginalization of these contract workers. This research study hopes trigger a debate on the issues confronting contract workers all over the country.
Discrimination and Violence against Northeast Students: Emerging Patterns in Megacities
Students from Northeast have been migrating to various cities in the country in large number in search of employment and better educational carrier. However, discrimination and violence against these students in social domains – be they educational institutions, work places, residential areas, roads, or shopping malls, are very common in cities, yet receive the least attention from policy makers and law enforcement agencies. The effect of such discrimination and violence, which is a violation of their human rights, can be devastating to their lives and psyche. In this background, the present study attempts to identify the nature and extent of discrimination and violence against Northeast students in two megacities of India, namely, Delhi and Bangaluru, where their migration is most visible. It would also make a comparative study of the causes and consequences of discrimination and violence against Northeast students, their coping mechanism, besides suggesting measures to bring down this phenomenon.
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