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Covid-19 infections being reported among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs)

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  • May 15, 2021
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Covid-19 infections being reported among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs)

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health

In news

  • Covid-19 infections are being reported among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) of Odisha

Key takeaways

  • As many as 21 tribals across eight different PVTGs in the State have so far tested positive, including two from the Bonda tribe.
  • Bonda people live in the highlands of Malkangiri.
  • Members of Dongria Kondh, another PVTG, have tested positive in Rayagada district.

Do you know?

  • Odisha has among the largest and most diverse tribal populations in the country.
  • Of the 62 tribal groups residing in Odisha, 13 are recognised as PVTGs.
  • According to the 2011 Census, Odisha’s share of the country’s total tribal population was 9%.
  • Tribals constitute 22.85% of the State’s population.
  • PVTGs in the states: Bonda, Birhor, Chuktia Bhunjia, Didayi, Dongaria Kandha, Hill Kharia, Juang, Kutia Kondh, Lanjia Saora, Lodha, Mankirdia, Paudi Bhuyan and Saora.
  • These PVTGs have been identified on the basis of stagnant or diminishing populations, subsistence level of economy associated with pre-agricultural stages of hunting, food gathering and shifting cultivation, and relative physical isolation.

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