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National Commission For Denotifie Nomadic & Semi Nomadic Tribes
Established as a national commission, the National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes (NCDNSNT) comes under the jurisdiction of the Government of India’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The purpose to setup this Commission was to uplift the condition of such de-notified communities to the best extent through getting known to their actual condition in society to offer them avenues for better living standard.
About National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes
With establishing the NCDNSNT Commission, Central Government had direction to look into multiple factors associated with the many developmental factors which pertained to the de-notified and nomadic or semi-nomadic tribes who exist in the country way back to many centuries but unfortunately their social and economic conditions haven’t changed with the same pace the country has progressed over the period.
Composition of NCDNSNT
Established on November 22, 2003, NCDNSNT Commission was one of the positive steps which Central Government initiated for benefitting socially, economically and educationally deprived tribes inhabiting in the country. The re-constitution of this Commission held on March 16, 2005 by keeping in view non-performance of the previous Commission whose achievements were not at par due to many factors or the reasons concerned.
Three-member team of the reconstituted NCDNSNT Commission consisted of the chairperson Mr. Balkrishna Sidram Renke besides the member and secretary team Laxmanbhai Kalidas Patni and Laxmi Chand whose role was defined to look into the set guidelines to work for an effective outcome and suggest the government with the fruitful recommendations.
Once setup, NCDNSNT Commission took the concrete step and started functioning under the set guidelines from February 06, 2006 and had initiated working on the many recommendations to propose to government.
Several important terms of references are associated with NCDNSNT Commission for its smooth functioning to discharge important roles. Some of the most notable references are as follows:-
- NCDNSNT to clearly specify all sorts of economic interventions needed to raise the lifestyle and living standards of those tribes having de-notified as nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes.
- Finding and suggesting the means or options for them to continue with the asset creation and self-employment options for betterment of their lives
- Proper recommendation of measures or options to utilize alongside existing ones for their best economic stability like the ones for SC/STs and OBCs
- Peruse the government to extend additional support to these tribes through extending packages which are special economic development package and are tailor-made by keeping in view their specific needs
- Identification of various programs which could pave the way for thorough development of tribes in terms of helping them to get basic education and other opportunities from health to social status
- The Commission was authorized to explore some special factors which could prove helpful for overall growth and development of tribes in the form of recommendation suiting well
NCDNSNT Commission submitted a detailed report to the Government of India in
2008 and suggested government through means of several recommendations to work strategically for complete uplift of tribes. The Commission pointed out on the big issue that the similar reservations pattern which Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes enjoyed should be further extended to de-notified and nomadic or semi-nomadic Indian tribes whose number is huge at approximately 11 crores.
Some more factors which came in the form of recommendation to the government by the NCDNSNT Commission included:-
- De-notified & nomadic or semi-nomadic Indian tribes must be treated in the similar provisions at which Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 is applicable
- A national consultation program to start to uplift de-notified, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes
Implementation of Recommendations
NCDNSNT Commission is an attempt to ensure that such deprived sections of the Indian society is helped for the betterment of their life and through offering them the basic needs of life from education to economic security and respectable living as one of the communities in India. Issues, problems and status of such communities have been taken care of seriously and the government has already started certain plans keeping in view the recommendations of this Commission.
De-notified, nomadic and semi nomadic tribes, usually denoted with nat, madari, sapera, rabari, gujjars, gadia lohar and similar names in the local terminologies got a new voice in the form of NCDNSNT Commission recommendations which brought into limelight the issues they commonly faced.