On 07SEP12 the Directorate of Tribal Welfare, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, reported the present population of Jarawa tribe at 407.
Andaman & Nicobar Administration releases Grants-in-Aid to Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti to implement the schemes for the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) including Jarawas. The expenditure during each of the last three years for the welfare of Jarawas is as follows:
|Year||Rs. (In Lakhs)|
For the year 2012-13, an amount of Rs.122.00 lakh has been earmarked and so far Rs.12.81 lakh has been spent.
Interesting, the press release goes on to say:
However, near the end of the 1990s more Indians came to settle on the islands and as a result have had more interaction changing their way of life. As a few of the pictures released by various media sources suggest:
The development of various human safaris by local tour operators on the island has not gone unnoticed by the Indian government. UNESCO and various NGOs have put pressure on the government to amend some of the current practices but to little effect. In fact, a statement from local MP Bishnu Pada Ray back in April 2012 has suggested the Jarawa may be willing to consider coming into the mainstream (which may suggest legitimizing further intervention).
Regardless, India has seemingly failed to learn from history’s past mistakes by allowing private operators to continue tours reminiscent of the late 19th and early 20th centuries human zoo exhibitions.