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Consider the following statements about particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in India:
1. PVTGs reside in 18 States and one Union Territory.
2. A stagnant or declining population is one of the criteria for determining PVTG status.
3. There are 95 PVTGs officially notified in the country so far.
4. Trular and Konda Reddi tribes are included in the list of PVTGs.

Which of the statements given above are correct?
(a) 1, 2 and 3
(b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 1, 2 and 4
(d) 1, 3 and 4

Answer:

C

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Explanation:

1. Statement 1 is correct: PVTGs reside in 18 States and one Union Territory. These groups are found in different parts of the country.

2. Statement 2 is correct: A stagnant or declining population is one of the criteria for determining PVTG status. The population of PVTGs is usually small and faces the risk of extinction or severe decline.

3. Statement 3 is incorrect: There are not 95 PVTGs officially notified in the country so far. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there are a total of 75 PVTGs officially recognized and notified by the Government of India. These groups are considered particularly vulnerable due to their distinct culture, low population, and socio-economic backwardness.

4. Statement 4 is correct: Trular and Konda Reddi tribes are included in the list of PVTGs. These tribes are recognized as particularly vulnerable and are provided with special provisions and support for their welfare and development.

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