New Delhi: A Group of Experts constituted by the Tribal Affairs Ministry on Jarawas in Andaman and Nicobar islands has recommended against any change in the policy on the tribe, government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

In a written reply to the House, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Mahadeo Singh Khandela said that a Group of Experts was constituted by the Andaman and Nicobar island administration to get a perception of the primitive Jarawa tribe.

"The report of Group of Experts was considered by the Sub Committee of the Experts Committee in its meeting in October 2011. It was decided that at present there is no need for a change in the policy," he said.

Denying that there was any report that Jarawa women were sexually exploited by police personnel, he said, "However, some objectionable    video footages about the Jarawa tribes were shown in the media in January 2012. The Andaman administration has informed that two cases have been filed and four persons have been arrested in this connection."

The police personnel have been placed under suspension for dereliction in discharge of their duties and departmental inquiry has been initiated against them, the Minister said.

He also informed the House on measures taken to ensure safety and security of the tribe such as reducing the number of convoys on Andaman Trunk Road (ATR), displaying signboards with list of DOs and Don'ts along the forest reserve inhabited by Jarawas and strengthening the Adim Jati Vikas Samiti.

In reply to a question on livelihood of tribals population in Naxal affected states, Khandela said that there is a proposal of setting up autonomous body for the purpose.

"There is a proposal to establish a Bharat Livelihoods Foundation of India through Aajeevika. The Foundation would support and scale up civil society initiative and intervention particularly in the tribal regions covering around 170 districts," he said.

(Agencies)