Covid-19 lockdown affects over 50 lakh tribals dependent on forests, making Van Dhan Yojna more relevant

The current crisis situation due to Covid-19 has posed an unprecedented threat across the country. Almost all the States and UTs in India are affected by it, in varying degrees. The situation has also dealt a blow to the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized communities. The tribal gatherers can be one of the worst affected in these trying times since this is the peak season for harvesting Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) in many regions.

LockdownTales Ep #1: Poems, Rhymes, Stories And Songs Of Hope To Reduce Stress Of Kids Secluded From Outdoor Activities

This is Manish and your are listening to my podcast GroundTales.
I’m back with another podcast. With this episode, I’m starting a new series “lockdown tales” where I’ll try to bring stories related to the Coronavirus lockdown. As you know, most of the parts of world are under lockdown to fight Covid-19, so ,most of the things including schools, colleges and other recreational activities are also closed. This puts a lot of pressure on parents to keep their children busy at home without getting irritated.

Folktrails Ep #4: Tale of a Band bringing soulful music from the forests of Bastar

The tribes have preserved their music for thousands of years and the music is still pure and unchanged. They discovered this music from their encounters in the jungle. Bastar Band’s journey started with documentation of the varied music found in the area. The founder of the band Anoop traveled across the Bastar region to explore the music and collected a number of songs and indigenous instruments. He then formed a team of tribal people from across the region.

छत्तीसगढ़ के आदिवासी बच्चों की पहल, होस्टल में बनाया किचन गार्डन, रोज एक घंटे मेहनत कर अपने लिए उगा रहे सब्जियां

कांकेर जिले के चारामा ब्लॉक स्थित पण्डरीपानी गांव में स्थित प्री-मैट्रिक आदिवासी बालक छात्रावास में विद्यार्थियों ने मिलकर पोषण वाटिका बनाई है। छात्रावास की इमारत के पीछे के खाली जगह को इन्होंने तैयार कर इसमें पोषण से भरे विभिन्न साग-सब्जियों के पौधों लगाए गए। रोजाना एक घंटे की मेहनत कर विद्यार्थी यहां पौधों की देखभाल करते हैं।

Shocking! Look who is behind the death due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar

The outbreak of acute Encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar this year, which claimed lives of more than 180 children, portrays the bad healthcare and infrastructure of Bihar government. A few months after the outbreak, a group of journalists and social workers came up with a survey, showing the real cause behind this outbreak. The survey released on November 13 at Muzaffarpur says that 96.5 percent of children who were affected from the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) belonged to underprivileged section and scheduled castes and tribes. The survey revealed that 97.8 percent of family of children affected from AES could not earn more than Rs. 10,000 a month. The mainstream media had criticized government hospitals for allegedly not providing proper health care, but the survey revealed that 92 per cent affected family appreciated the job of doctors and hospital staff. Pushya Mitra, a senior journalist and one of the prominent persons behind this survey tells us more about the findings of survey. Please Subscribe and share this podcast.

Ground Tales: A tale of malnutrition-free village

Madhya Pradesh is ranked amongst few of the worst states of India in terms of nutrition and infant mortality rate. But there are some great initiatives taking place in small villages to overcome these issues that are worth sharing. Kotagunjapur, a village inside Panna Tiger Reserve has conquered malnutrition with kitchen gardens. The village that does not have access to roads and electricity has now attained freedom from malnutrition, something that even bigger villages and cities have been unable to achieve. Villagers realized that they are extremely poor and cannot afford dear vegetables from the market because of which their kids and women were not getting proper nutrition, leading to increase in malnutrition. Some social workers helped them develope kitchen-gardens in every household where they could grow iron and vitamin-rich vegetables and herbs. In a period of four years, the condition improved drastically. The villagers started getting fresh vegetables every day and that showed a positive impact on their health. The story about zero malnutrition villages is still untold. Ground Tales spoke to the social workers and the residents of Kotagunjapur to know more about the model and the struggle to make the initiative popular amongst villagers. We also interacted with activists behind this initiative who played a pivotal role in popularising the kitchen- garden concept to tackle the problem of malnutrition with a zero-budget plan. Listen to our podcast at http://www.groundtales.com