‘Their children are deprived of education because of migration’

The Davangere Zilla Banjara Horata Samiti has alleged that the State government had failed to develop Banjara or Lambani thandas in the State and uplift people of the Lambani community.

They urged the government to provide employment under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act at all 3000 tandas in the State.

Raghavendra Naik, State convener of the Banjara Horata Samiti, and Mallesh Naik, general secretary of the Davangere District Committee, told reporters here on Saturday that though it had been decided to convert tandas into revenue villages, the government had not converted a single tanda so far, despite identifying over 360 tandas.

The Lambani people, most of whom work as labourers, migrate in search of jobs, because of which their children are deprived of education, Mr. Naik said. He urged the government to take up extensive work under the NREGA in Lambani tandas to stop the migration, and provide proper infrastructure at the tandas. Since the Lambani people have been living in the forest and cultivating it, the government should give them possession certificates for the land.

The samiti also urged the government to keep aside the Sadashiva commission report that would not include the Lambani community in the Scheduled Castes category. He said that if Lambanis were classified as Scheduled Castes, they would be entitled to various benefits and become economically, socially and educationally strong; so the government should reject the report and include them under the SC category.

The samiti also said that the government had failed to curb child trafficking in tandas in Chinchodi taluk. The committee has organised a meeting of all Lambani people here on Sunday to discuss the problems faced by the Lambani people.