The method being adopted for conducting the survey and study of rituals and traditions of transs giri area of Sirmaur has come under scanner as the Institute of Tribal Studies and Research (ITSR) of Himachal Pradesh University has conducted the detailed survey in just six days.
The transs giri area consists of 128 panchayats, out of which 40% panchayats fall in far-flung areas of the district and many panchayats do not even have proper road connectivity.
Therefore, it seems that only formalities were completed for the purpose. Interestingly, a team led by Aaparna Negi, director of the Institute of Tribal Studies and Research, camped in the district from August 18 to 23 for conducting the survey, but it was the time when traffic remained suspended on most of the roads in the district due to land sliding, thus putting the creditability of the study on stake.
The aim of setting up ITSR was to pursue scientific and independent research for the creation of database and evolving strategies for research, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes.
It was assumed that the study of the area may be helpful for supporting the pending demand of tribal status to transs giri area of the district spread in Shillai, Renuka, Pachhad and Paonta constituencies.
“I had requested the government for conducting the survey on the socio-economic, rituals and traditions of the transs giri area of Sirmaur so that demand of declaring the area as tribal might be strengthened,” said former MLA and Congress leader Harsh Vardhan Chauhan.
He added that such a survey and research was conducted for the first time and the report could not be shared at the moment.
The former MLA said Hatees of transs giri had been demanding their constructional rights for the past 35 years. Hatees, a part of Jonsar Babar, was earlier in Uttar Pradesh and now Uttarakhand was declared as schedule tribe, but this part was ignored, he added.
“We appreciate the move for conducting the study but it is not possible to make actual report in six days. It needs at least one month,” said Jagat Ram Ramoul, director of NGO Yumdha.
He said there were many people in the area who were struggling for the cause of tribal status who might have been involved in the study.
Meanwhile, Negi said the detailed study was conducted by 18 members and added that document was secret that could not be shared at the moment. She stressed that it was wrong to say that the study was not possible in six days.