As the day of polling for Rajasthan Elections is getting close, people are from various groupings, sects, communities getting forward to pitch their demand in front of the candidates present in the fray. The Electoral fight getting intense with top leaders from both major party – Congress and BJP – is on top gear.
And for the Tribals living in the south part of Rajasthan, the state Assembly elections provides a perfect opportunity to pitch their demand with the contesting political parties for drafting policies that ensure food security, even while helping them preserve indigenous practices, and assist in forming new linkages with the local health and financial services.
The area’s tribal population wants their political representatives to make interventions to help them in improving resource management in agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, pasture, medicinal products, and fruits.
While tribal population living in Banswara and Dungarpur districts use to enjoy a forest resource-based livelihood earlier, but a large-scale deforestation in the region has made them shift to farming on sloping land and caused degradation.
Lawmaker Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya from Bagidora seat, the only Congress leader elected from Banswara in 2013, hails from a tribal family of Naharpura village. Contesting from Bagidora again, Mr. Malviya promised that policy formulation on food and agriculture would be his highest priority.
While women members of tribal families living in these regions have pitched a demand that will help them to overcome gender inequality.