OBCs most dependent on livestock
DOWN TO EARTH LIVESTOCK REARING, which is the lifeline of the rural economy along with agriculture, is the principal source of livelihood for Other Backward Classes ( families in rural India. According to the National Sample Survey Office ( data, 2.17 per cent of OBC households are engaged in livestock farming followed by 1.67 per cent of general households, 1.50 per cent of Scheduled Caste families and 0.75 per cent of Scheduled Tribe households. The report also points out that only less than 2 per cent (2.7 million) of total rural households depend solely on livestock as most families opt an integrated approach wherein crop production and cattle rearing go hand in hand.
VIKAS CHOUDHARY / CSE