The Jharkhand government admitted that primitive tribes in the State were extremely backward, but denied the opposition claims that most of the welfare schemes meant for them were not seen on the ground.

“The population of primitive tribes is 3.5 percent, as per the 2001 census. The government has taken up schemes to improve their economic condition,” Welfare Minister informed the State Assembly.

Paharia, Khagaria, Birhor, and Asur are some of the primitive tribes found in Jharkhand.