This land had remained un-surveyed since independence and then was allotted single survey no ZERO. This is also
a wild ass sanctuary. During monsoon rivers like Banas, Rupen, Saraswati and many others floods Rann with
sweet water, while saline water from sea enters from maliya area which is called as mouth of the ran, turning
this into brackish water body, famous for prawn fishing, again by De-notified Tribes called “Miyana”
issue is that most of them use bycycle as mode to transport. Thus finally, hardly few percentage of Agariya population could actually vote.
With times, Agariyas are now conscious, aware of the power of their vote .
A virtual desert, from September onwards till April, over 50,000 people (8,000 to 10,000 families) reside in the Rann. They are involved in their traditional occupation – of farming crystal salt by extracting water from 40 to 110 ft depth, and spreading it in different pans. Salt pans are known as “agars”. On an average there are three voters per family.
|Pankti Jog examining electoral list with agariya women|
The families who migrate to the Survey No Zero (which is an un-surveyed triangular mud desert bearing 4992.53 sq km area lying between Surendrangar, Patan, Morbi and Kutch districts) are residents of over 107 villages of six blocks of the four districts. They migrate into the Rann of Kutch and reside at a distance that ranges from 20 to 70 km.
|Saltpan workers identify their names in electoral roll|
either transport facility or mobile polling booth in Rann to enable them especially Agariya women voters to VOTE in fair manner without taking any obligation from
*With Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel
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