Bhubaneswar, Oct 5 (PTI) One in every four persons in
Orissa became a migrant due to lack of livelihood options and
gradual loss of forest resources.
"At least 25 per cent of the state's population is hit by migration of different forms," State Information Commissioner, Jagadananda told the UNDP's meeting here during the launch of its Human Development Report-2009.
Stating that people from Orissa migrated mostly for a living, Jagadananda said the problem was acute in rain-fed areas due to lack of livelihood options for the people.
This apart, he pointed out that gradual loss of forest resources had also made tribals, who constitute about one-third of the state's population, vulnerable to migration.
Terming them as 'invisible' citizens, he stressed on formulation of a suitable policy to contain the problem.
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