Major BR Enclave, Pochanpur
Dwarka, New Delhi-110023
About Chik Baraik Welfare Society, Delhi
(Registered No. 56950 of 2006)
Chik Baraik Welfare Society, Delhi is a group of few members of the tribal weaver community “Chik Baraik”, recognized as Scheduled Tribe (ST) in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. As the members of other tribes came to Delhi in search of employment and livelihood, the members of Chik Baraik community also arrived in Delhi for the same and are engaged in various kinds of jobs ranging from domestic help to government servants and employees in the private sectors. Some also came as the students. Mostly, having small land holdings and landlessness, after the decline of their traditional occupation of weaving coarse cloths for the need of the region, they had to resort to different means of livelihood and in this process had to migrate to faraway places like Delhi. During British period, substantial population of Chik Baraiks was taken to various places in the northern and north eastern part of the country as tea garden workers especially North Bengal and Assam extending upto Bhutan and Bangladesh, which could be traced through the popular folklores and songs in Chhotanagpur. There are families even in Andman and Nicobar Islands. Their homeland is South Chhotanagpur, especially, erstwhile Ranchi District (present Ranchi, Gumla, Simdega and Khunti districts) spread in other parts of Jharkhand. Some are settled in Bihar. The members of this community are also found in Odisha but they are not recognized as ST or some are placed under the Scheduled Caste in the state. Even after the drastic erosion of the traditional occupation, the community is in the cultural life of Chhotanagpur and adjoining regions as the design of red boarder in the white saree woven by Chik Baraiks is most vibrantly continuing as the cultural symbol of the region among various tribal communities.
At present there are approximately 200-250 members in Delhi. Some 35 active families meet every month to share and discuss various issues of the society. In fluctuating number, the practice has been since around two decades. To make a formal group, the society was registered in 2006 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 with some clear objectives to function, primarily directed towards the development and welfare of the society among many others. The prime focus is on the mutual cooperation and support in the upliftment of individual and society. The core areas are the health, education, employment, promotion of art and culture, revival of traditional occupation for those who are still continuing in some form at extremely subsistence level, sports, literary activities, skill development, other social services like help in education, health care, marriage, and employment, awareness creation and empowerment, mutual cooperation and support to achieve a prosperous and self reliant society. It is an effort to built a chain to lend hands to those who are in need, individuals and families, to get out of some vicious circle of poverty, misery and helplessness. The effort is also disseminate and popularize the same objectives among other groups of this community in various states. This meager number of families of Chik Baraik community in Delhi is relentlessly contributing and creating fund to build up their dream of a society full of well being! Now there is a good network of other formal groups of the community functioning in different states to share the views and cooperation to develop the society. The society has a great hope to connect everyone of the society and beyond in this endeavour of self development and nation building.