Gujarat’s tribals suffering from malnutrition, demand to re-start the Haat Bazaar

Gandhinagar, 15 December 2020

1 crore tribals have deteriorated financially due to corona, physical condition of the children of women has deteriorated. Due to lack of food, they are suffering from malnutrition.

There is a demand to re-start the Haat Bazaar, the trading center of the tribals of Gujarat. The wedding of the BJP leader’s granddaughter in Vyara was closed after the controversy. Haat markets are run for small business employment in various villages in Vyara. Where people from nearby villages come to buy and sell cheese. Jatsingpura, Dolara, Unchamala, Kohli, Kelkui villages have been flooded for years.

The leaders, including Siddharth Chaudhary, president of Vyara Taluka Panchayat, had approached Mamlatdar to start the Haat Bazaar.

Businesses have been closed for 9 months due to the closure of 11 tribal markets. Kanai is open, if the market of Vyara city can be continued even on Saturday, then why can’t the village Haat Bazaar be started? Hot market should be started keeping in view the demand.


In Naswadi city, tribals from 212 villages fill the Haat Bazaar every Sunday. People from Vadodara, Chhotodpur, Narmada districts are coming. The decision was taken by the Naswadi Agricultural Produce Market Committee to keep the Haat Bazaar closed.

182 hat bazaar

There are about 182 such weekly haats in tribal areas of Gujarat to sell agricultural products, vegetables, spices, secondary forest products, wild fruits, honey, clothes, domestic birds, eggs, livestock, fish and handicrafts. Each tribal taluka has a specific weekly day for the scheduled tribe community when this haat bazaar is filled. Prices are lower than in other markets.

Settling in 11 districts

Most of the tribals of the state live in areas ranging from Ambaji in Banaskantha district in the north to Ahava in Dang district in the south. The tribes living here mostly live in hilly and wooded areas.

The tribal population is high in 11 districts. Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Panchmahal, Dahod, Vadodara, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad and Dang.

Shop in hut

Due to the poor economic condition, the tribal people cannot afford the permanent construction of crops including shops, sheds, canopies, so they open their sales system in a crude hut.

What about the market of a pucca house

The Government of Gujarat had to develop a state-of-the-art high market for improved facilities such as head sheds, parking, toilet facilities, electricity facilities, drinking water facilities, security system etc. at some places in tribal areas.

In the first phase, 12 such haat markets were to be developed. The cost of each such haat market was around Rs 2 crore. In 2014-15, 2 Haat markets were approved for Tapi and Surat districts. It was also decided to make 10 Haat Bazaar by 2015-16.


According to the 1991 census, the tribal population in Gujarat was 61.62 lakhs. is. 74.81 lakhs in 2001. The population is estimated to be 89 lakhs in 2011 and 1 crore at present. Gujaratis constitute 8.55% of the total population. In which excessive hunger and malnutrition is seen.