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The Future of Tribals in Telangana State

This response to "A Separate Telangana: Promises and Prospects for Tribal People" by R Ramdas (20 July 2013) looks at the Andhra Pradesh government's initiatives for tribals, as well as their future in the new state to be, Telangana.

This is with reference to a note “A Separate Telangana: Promises and Prospects for Tribal People” by R Ramdas (EPW, 20 July 2013). I would like to spell out the following aspects. While agreeing with Ramdas that the tribals are experiencing land and social alienation, it is worth mentioning the government’s initiatives like the promotion of education and employment and other benefits through the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) and other programmes, which are exclusively created for the welfare of the tribals.

Despite the achievements made so far, constituting around 7% (as per Census 2011) of the total population of Andhra Pradesh (AP), 35 communities officially designated as scheduled tribes (STs) are the most underprivileged sections of the society when compared to other social groups in the state (Satavahana Development Society 2012).

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