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Why in news?
- Recently, the Central Government is considering granting ST status to the Haithi Community of the Tans-Giri region of Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district.
- Hatti community is of the Trans-Giri region of Himachal Pradesh.
- They share social as well as cultural similarities with the Jaunsar community of the Jaunsar-Bawar area of Uttarakhand.
- This is because the Trans-Giri area and Jaunsar Bawar area, were part of the erstwhile Sirmaur princely state.
- It is cut off from Sirmaur by two rivers called Giri and Tons.
- The community is named after their age-old professional practice of selling their home grown crops at small markets called ‘Haat’ in nearby cities.
- The members of this community haven’t been mainstreamed and most are dependent on animal rearing and agriculture.
- They even still follow the Khumbli - the traditional council despite the establishment of the panchayat system.
The term ‘Khumbli’ was recently seen in news in association with Hattis community. It refers to
(a) Traditional water management technique
(b) Trapping pit with inverted funnel-shaped stone walls
(c) Traditional governance system
(d) Local coins