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Roaming Rights

At last, nowhere people get voter ID cards

Roaming Rights
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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 has been legally erased, they still bear some stigma for a few of their members continue to indulge in robbery, bootlegging or petty crime. Those who will get to vote this time belong to the Dafer, Sarania, Gadlia, Vadi, Madari, Vans Foda, Salat, Moleslam, Kangsia, Nat, Bajania, Vanzara, Raval, Bharthari and Nathvadi tribes.

The man who has made it possible is Mittal Pandey, who, with help from Janpath, a leading NGO of Gujarat, set up the Vichitra Samudaya Samarthan Manch (VSSM) to help them exercise what is an inalienable right. When the government launched a state-wide voter registration programme in July last year, there was no special effort taken to bring the denotified and nomadic tribes on board. But VSSM surveyed 40 tribal settlements and submitted a report to the state electoral office.

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