19 January, 2021

Roaming Rights

At last, nowhere people get voter ID cards

Roaming Rights
Into The Fold
  • The 40 'denotified & nomadic tribes' of Gujarat haven't been able to cast vote so far, for they weren't on electoral rolls
  • This was because they could provide neither addresses nor birth certificates
  • An NGO surveyed the settlements of 15 such tribes and the chief electoral officer issued notices to get them registered as voters. A letter from the NGO is taken as proof of residence.
  • These tribes can vote in Election '09


They came of voting age years ago but could never cast the ballot. Reason: they belonged to the nomadic tribes that rarely stay in one place and so couldn't obtain voter ID cards. But Elections 2009 will see men and women from 15 of Gujarat's 40 nomadic tribes voting for the first time.

Forty tribes of Gujarat are listed as "denotified and nomadic tribes", or DNTS, and account for more than 40 lakh people. Some of the tribes were deemed criminal by the British, and though that branding...


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