ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MAHARASHTRA - Adivasi Sub-Plan A Mid-Term Appraisal

MAHARASHTRA, Adivasi Sub-Plan: A Mid-Term Appraisal S D Kulkarni FORTY LAKH Adivasis, who constitute nearly 6 per cent of Maharashtra's population, belong to the poorest strata of the society. They are concentrated in the hilly parts of the state and about 96 per cent of them live in rural areas. Majority of them are small cultivators and agricultural labourers. About 63 per cent of the Adivasi landholders hold less than 3 hectares of land while only 20 per cent hold more than 6 hectares. A large part of the land held by Adivasis is of inferior type and without irigation facilities. Except for displacement from lands and houses due to the construction of dams, Adivasis have enjoyed few of the fruits of planned development -since Independence.

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