In Kanchipuram’s Uttaramerur in Tamil Nadu, members of the Narikurava community have come ahead with the demand of fixing their community certification to Schedule Tribe (ST) from the present most backward class (MBC).
Narikuravas or gypsies are historically hunter-gatherers and are individuals who saved altering their place of keep. But with the change in time and ban on searching, these folks have been attempting to discover alternate sources of livelihood.
The demand to change community standing comes after members of the community, particularly the first-time graduates, had been unable to discover work. The community has a few BCom and BSc graduates, however all of them are nonetheless following their conventional jobs like promoting fancy gadgets and handmade jewelry.
Shiva, 27, who is among the first-time graduates from the community. He had labored overseas for a number of months until Covid struck and he was pressured to return. “I have not been able to find any work, I have studied Physiotherapy. My elder brother could have been a government employee, but he lost by two marks. My younger brother wanted to be in the police and he cleared the exam. But he failed in his physical as he was just one inch short of the required height. If we were in the ST community, all this would be different. MBC community puts us only at a disadvantage,” stated Shiva.
23-year-old Shivaranjani, accomplished her BCom CA. After working in a name centre for a brief time frame, she had to return to family work following her kid’s delivery. She stated, “We don’t have many opportunities and options. It is almost like we have to return to our traditional jobs almost every time. This actually raises doubts in the hearts of the people here and they question the need to send their children to school. We are not able to set an example as we are not getting opportunity despite having a qualification.”
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There are many kids in the community who’ve dropped out of faculty particularly after the pandemic. The kids may be seen taking part in video games throughout their free time. Otherwise, they help their dad and mom in doing odd jobs like making jewelry or going out to promote fancy gadgets and toys.
“We don’t get scholarships in schools or colleges because we are part of the MBC community. My teachers have asked me why I haven’t got a scholarship even after being from the Narikurava community. This is the disparity we face. We have no financial backing or government backing,” stated Jothika, 21. She is doing her last yr BCA at a personal faculty with the assistance of a personal NGO in the neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, a number of folks like 19-year-old Vinodha have supportive spouses who assist them get schooling. “I could study only till 8th standard. My father thought there was no use studying as we anyway don’t get any jobs. My husband enrolled me in the open exam for the 10th standard and I have passed it,” stated Vinodha who can also be hoping to do vocational coaching in the longer term.
The community at massive has not seen a lot growth and solely in the previous few weeks have been seeing officers visiting them and listening to their considerations. The community members had protested outdoors the Kanchipuram collectorate and had demanded that their community certification be modified.
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