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Errors in Analysis

In a recent article (‘Creation of ‘Inviolate Space’’, May 19) the authors raise very pertinent issues regarding eviction and rehabilitation of people from the Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan. On reading the article my attention got drawn to the results of the fieldwork done by the authors. To quote:

The average household economy, basedon livestock grazing and milk sales,literally subsists on the edge. While theaverage gross annual income perhousehold is approximately Rs 48,175(Table 4), the average household spendsapproximately Rs 18,000 every year onfarm fodder and commercial fodder. Therefore, the average annual disposablehousehold income is approximatelyRs 30,190. A significant share of theaverage gross household income goestoward healthcare (on average Rs 8,500per household per year). That leavesapproximately Rs 27,000 per householdannually as expenditure on food whichworks out to an average of Rs 350 percapita per month. In terms ofproportions, about 50 per cent ofhousehold expenditure is on food, 21per cent on commercial fodder, 11 percent on farm fodder and 16 per centon medical care. The economy of theaverage household is debt-ridden andprecariously balanced, highlyvulnerable in the event of natural disasters such as drought.

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