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Jarwas willing to come to the mainstream: MP

Port Blair: The members of the Jarwa community are now willing to come to the mainstream and embrace a new modern life style, local MP Bishnu Pada Ray said today. "It would not be appropriate to suppress the voice of the community and leave them in total isolation," Ray told a press meet here on Friday.

A parliamentary standing committee already recommended review of policy for the primitive tribe of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to facilitate a `slow and smooth` transition, he said. But this would have to be done with minimum damage to the members of the tribe and their cultural heritage, Ray pointed out.

Regarding the ATR Road he said that the road is a life line for the people of Middle and North Andaman and therefore should not be closed. One of the adivasi indigenous people of the Andaman Islands, the present numbers of jarwas are estimated at between 250-400 individuals, having inhabited the islands for at least several thousand years.

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