Skill Development Training To Tharu People:
Forest department, NABARD to give skill-development training to Tharu people.
- Forest officials of the Katarniaghat division say a plan is in the works for the financial inclusion of the Tharu groups that live near the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) and are much affected by human-wildlife conflicts.
- Tharu people are an ethnic group indigenous to the Terai region of the Himalayan foothills, located in southern Nepal and in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.
- Tharu in Nepal officially numbered about 1.5 million and those in India about 170,000.
- They speak various dialects of Tharu, a language of the Indo-Aryan subgroup of the Indo-Iranian group of the Indo-European family, and they are largely Indian in culture.
- Most Tharu practice agriculture, raise cattle, hunt, fish, and collect forest products.
- Tharu use their own traditional ritual specialists in addition to the Hindu Brahman priests.
- Each Tahru village is governed by a council and a headman.