EMPOWERING TRIBAL PEOPLE

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Empowering the Indigenous People

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Primary source of economy here is the agriculture but due to scanty rainfall, dry cold climate, topographical features, very limited agricultural land is available for cultivation. Cultivation is mainly carried out on mountain slopes up to an altitude of 3900m.
People of Pangi valley use traditional agricultural tools for cultivation. Agriculture is the mainstay of the inhabitants of the Pangi tehsil. The total geographical area of the block according to village paper is 1, 60,252 hectares (Statistical profile, 2007-08). Out of which 1,976 hectares or 1.31 percent is net sown area and 603 hectares is fallow land.
The cereals and pulses make up the main agriculture produce. There are two min harvests; Kharif (autumn) and Rabi (spring), called shirwan and basti in local dialect. Rotation of crops is fairly well understood, and its importance realized.
After cutting the wheat and barley crops the un-irrigated land lies fallow all winter and is used for elo in the following spring. In irrigated land however, Phullan and bhresh are sown. Supplies of seed are drawn everlastingly from the same old stock. The common fruit trees grown here are apple and pear.
Men wear ‘woollen coats’ and ‘pyjamas’ while women wear ‘salwar kameez’ where ‘salwar’ is skin-tight below the knees. Women tie a ‘pattu’ over ‘kameez’ in a unique way, whereas men used a ‘kamarband’ made up of cloth. A long piece of woollen cloth, ‘gachi’, is often used as a belt by gents. ‘Joji’ is used as a head dress by women while ‘topi’ (cap) is used by men.
The common ornaments of the women include, ‘kanthil’ (a silver necklace) and ‘chully’ or ‘long’ (a gold nose ring or nose pin).
The land in the area is hilly The staple food comprises of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potato and meat. Rice is also eaten, and among pulses, ‘masar’, ‘rajmash’ and ‘peas’ are more common.
The people worship God and Goddesses and also believe in supernatural powers.
Pangi block of Chamba district is governed under the single line administration (SLA) headed by the Resident Commissioner (Officer of IAS rank). Who have the full powers of Deputy Commissioner at the district head-quarter and the powers of Principal Secretary Tribal Development at the state level with in the block. Out of seven blocks in Chamba district there are two tribal blocks and Pangi one of it.

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