Villagers in Rajkot Don't Want Maldharis to be Relocated Near Their Land

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Aditi PatilLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

January 6, 2020

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Caste-Based Conflict



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The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has initiated the process to relocate Maldharis or traditional cattle owners, who are living in various parts of the city, to the outskirts with their cattle. Maldharis are seminomadic and tend to live near grazing lands and sell the milk to earn a livelihood. RMC has registered 1658 Maldhari families who own about 20,000 cattle, to be relocated. Under the plan, each cattle owner would get 25 square metres land to construct a house and space to keep their cattle. The administration wants to mainstream maldharis, give them social security and make them a part of streamlined milk business. In the first phase, 561 maldhari families with 7,634 cattle are set to be relocated in the five villagesBhichariAmargadh, Maika, Padasan, Rajgadh and Lothva that already have a cattle population of about 21,000. The residents of these villages are against the relocation. On April 7th, 2017, they gathered at the Rajkot collectorate along with their cattle to oppose the relocation of maldharis in their villages. They submitted a memorandum to the Collector saying that relocation of maldharis will adversely affect their farming and livelihood. That the cattle of maldharis will destroy their crops. Allegedly, this land conflict is linked to caste issues. Most residents of these five villages are of high caste and don't want maldharis around because maldharis are supposed to belong to a lower caste.

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Private and Common

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Non-Forest (Grazing Land)

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Rajkot Municipal Corporation

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