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Objectives: To study the livelihood status of the Bhuiya community of Palamu district of Jharkhand using primary data.

Methods: The study is based on primary data taken from Chhatarpur block of Palamu district. The study explores 62 households taken from two villages selected randomly from Chhatarpur block using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Findings: The livelihood options of this community are not sustainable and also not promising in terms of the amount they receive as income. The community suffers greatly during times of drought when agriculture is badly affected.

Application: Again, migration as an alternative is not very promising as it depends on the mercy of the contractors who charge a commission and conditions of work may not be very conducive. Being landless and resource less the Bhuiyas do not have any sustainable option of livelihood available. Also they do not have proper education and vocational training to take up any job in the formal or informal sector.


Economic Growth, Livelihood Security, Scheduled Caste, Migration