New Delhi: To provide greater protection to Jarawa tribes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the government has initiated various measures including appointment of a nodal officer to check movement of vehicles and a new law to ban videography in tribal areas.
Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran said that an officer has been designated as Nodal officer in-charge to monitor all activities on a day-to-day basis on the Andaman Trunk Road passing through the Jarawa Reserve.
Besides, provisions to book for photography/videography in the tribal reserve have been included in the proposed amendment to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulations, 1956, he said.
The Minister said the number of convoys has been reduced from 8 to 4 on each side on the Andaman Trunk Road which passes through Jarawa Reserve and notice has been issued to the general public and tour operators that immediate action will be taken against violators.
"The staff of Tribal Welfare Department and Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS) posted in the Jarawa Tribal Reserve has been asked to be extra cautious and keep vigil on the convoys passing through the Jarawa Reserve. Police has also provided better surveillance and escorts on the convoys to regulate any illegal activities," Ramachandran said.