Van Gujjars of the remote forests will vote for first time

  • | Saturday | 11th February, 2017

Van Gujjars have lived here since the 1950s. A total of 450 Van Gujjar families live in the Terai, which includes the Terai East, West and Central forest divisions. NAINITAL: The Election Commission will arrange polling booths for Uttarakhand's Van Gujjars , a community that has never voted before and lives in the remote forests of Kumaon's Terai region.This time around, more than 1,600 Van Gujjar voters will, for the first time, be able to vote. The education and forest departments are working together to impart education to the tribe. "We will open polling booths at forest rest houses and schools near the community's settlements," Parag Madhukar Dhakate , conservator of forests, western circle, says.

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