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A Study on Socio-Economic Status of Tribal People in Thane and Raigad Districts, Maharashtra

Vol 3, Issue 1, January - June 2016 | Pages: 104-113 | Case Study  

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1. * Prabhakar Chavan, Associate Professor, Department of Continuing and Adult Education and Extension Work, S. N. D. T. Womens University, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (

The paper intends to study the socio-economic conditions of the tribals residing in the remote hilly and forest areas, in the area of Thane and Raigad districts in Maharashtra. The people are very poor economically, socially and educationally. They are living hand to mouth. They depend mostly on the forest produce and agriculture for their livelihood. The government officials for the upliftment and development of the tribal are over there but many people are not aware about the government programmers and schemes. In terms of methodology, both primary and secondary data have been used. Data are both qualitative and quantitative in nature. Wherever necessary, quantitative data have been presented in tabular and graph forms. The paper concludes that in both Thane and Raigad districts, the socio-economic status of the tribal people is substantially lower than the general people. There is an urgent need to launch income generating, educational, and health awareness programmes to help them to take up opportunities given by NGOs and government.


Socio-economic status, tribal population, Thane and Raigad districts, Maharashtra, constitutional obligation, and education attainment.

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