The Jarawa tribe should be protected and absolutely no commercial and tourism activities should be conducted within 5 KM radius of the ‘Buffer Zone’ at the Jarawa Tribal Reserve in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Supreme Court of India also reiterated the decision and withheld the state government’s decision.
A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya pronounced today, “We, therefore, direct that henceforth no commercial and tourism related activities shall be carried out by the administration or any private individual.” By the notification the court means a state level prohibition notification order dated 30.10.2007. Any violation of the order will attract punishment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. The Principal Secretary (Tribal Welfare) and other officers of the Administration of Andaman and Nicobar have been notified by the SC to comply by the orders. There will be a prohibition of any person other than a member of the aboriginal tribe into it.
The Court has also ordered that no commercial establishment like resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars and Paying Guest accommodation, barring government-run guest houses, should run within the Buffer Zone. “No commercial establishment/activities which may employ more than 20 persons or have an annual turnover of Rs. 1 crore or more will be allowed in the Buffer Zone.” the bench said.