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Forest and Livelihood of Pandos: a Case Study af a Tribe in Surajpur District, Chhattisgarh
Varsha Sandilya, Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, firstname.lastname@example.org India is the home of different tribal groups which reflects its great ethnic diversity. There are 705 (8.6%) tribes living in different parts of the country and from these tribal groups 42 (30.62%) tribal groups are belongs to Chhattisgarh including 5 Particular Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs). Pando tribe is one of the important tribal groups residing in the state of Chhattisgarh. It is mainly found in adjoining area of Bilaspur, Surajpur and Surguja district. The overall estimated pando population is 30,000 spreaded and dispersed over 307 villages only. The pando tribe subsist largely on the collection of forest produce and cultivation of coarse grain, making baskets and selling firewood’s is another is another means of livelihood. Pando are one of the most socially and economically backword tribe, still living in the dense forest area and highly dependent on forest. Objective of the study is looking deeply to understand the forest and livelihood pattern of Pandos. The research is based on ethnographic approach and the data was collect from primary and secondary source. It contains both Qualitative as well as Quantitative data, the primary data was collected through schedule, questionnaire, interview, case study, and focus group discussion method. Similarly secondary source of data was collected from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of tribal affaires, Tribal research institute and Internet etc.