People of the 38 nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes of Karnataka, which are split under reservation categories of Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes, have rarely availed of reservation and other social welfare benefits they are entitled to.

The plight of these scattered communities will be discussed at a workshop, “Nomads of India and Social Justice”, at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), National Law School of India University (NLSIU), here on March 10.

The event, jointly organised by the Karnataka Nomadic Tribes Mahasabha and CSSEIP, will be attended experts and community representatives.

“Nearly 15 crore people of these communities live in abject conditions. The British had once notified them as ‘criminal tribes'. Though now de-notified, they still face stigma,” said Balagurumurthy, president of the mahasabha.

In 2009, the Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission, under the chairmanship of C.S. Dwarakanath, had recommended the setting up of a commission to study and recommend measures for the welfare of these tribes, but this has not been done to this day.

The workshop will be inaugurated by Nagmohan Das, judge of the High Court of Karnataka. Balkrishna Renake, chairman of the National Commission for Identified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, will deliver the keynote address.

  • It will be held at NLSIU tomorrow

  • Judge Nagmohan Das will inaugurate it