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Preliminary   > Geography   >   Human geography   >   Tribal affairs

Why in news?

  • Lok Sabha has passed the Bill to include the Hatti community in the Trans-Giri region of Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh in the Scheduled Tribes list of the State.

About Hatti community:

  • The Hattis are a close-knit community who takes their name from their traditional occupation of selling home-grown crops, vegetables, meat, and wool at small-town markets known as ‘haats’.
  • They lives in Himachal-Uttarakhand border in the basin of the Giri and Tons rivers, both tributaries of the Yamuna.
  • There is a rigid caste system among the Hattis — the Bhat and Khash are the upper castes while the Badhois are below them.

Add ons:

  • The Hattis are governed by a traditional council called Khumbli, which is like the khaps of Haryana.
  • The council decides community matters. The Khumbli’s power has remained unchallenged despite the establishment of the Panchayati Raj System.


Khumbli, a system of traditional local governance system is associated with:

(a) Gonds

(b) Hattis

(c) Bodos

(d) Bhils