New Delhi: Concerned over the controversial
video footage on the Jarawas, a panel headed by Congress
President Sonia Gandhi on Monday regretted the exploitation of
tribal women in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
A meeting of the National Advisory Council (NAC) also
discussed briefly the steps to be taken to protect the
The committee "briefly discussed" about the primitive
tribal group who are threatened with extinction and
"regretted" the exploitation of them in "beastly condition" as exposed in
a video footage, a source told PTI.
It also discussed the steps to be taken to protect the
"vulnerable" Jarawas, sources said.
However, the committee did not take any policy decision
in today`s meeting as model code of conduct for assembly
elections in five states is in place, sources said.
The Centre has already ordered an inquiry by the chief
secretary and director general of police of Andaman & Nicobar
Islands into the video footage showing semi-naked Jarawa
tribal women allegedly being ordered to dance before tourists
in return for food.
In 2006, the previous NAC had constituted a sub-group of
experts to suggest an action plan for protection and
preservation of the Jarawas.
Welfare of the Jarawas was revived for discussion in the
meeting of the NAC last year in which their current status was
reviewed in consultations with the ministries concerned and
the Andaman Island administration.
The NAC also discussed several other issues which include
a national programme for homeless and social security scheme
for unorganised workers, the sources said.