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SURKHET: DEC. 8 – Winter has begun. During this time, the body seeks warm food, shelter, and shelter. But the citizens of Raute community, who lead a nomadic life, do not have this facility. They are living in thin clothes even in the heart-wrenching winter.

Considering themself the king of the jungle, Raute has been living in different districts of Karnali. The Raute community, which is a very endangered caste, is living according to its own beliefs and originality. It is not that they have not changed gradually.

They want to enjoy the forest, wildlife and nature. There is no discrimination and class division within the community. This is their best identity. At one time, the Rautes believed that touching money was a sin. But now money has become a must for Raute.

In the past, they used to exchange wooden honeycombs for grain, but now they sell them for money. And they buy food with money.

In addition, there has been talking of them becoming more and more addicted to alcohol in recent times. Raute has been living in various forests of Dailekh, Surkhet, Salyan and Jajarkot districts of Karnali.

There are three species of Rautes, namely Raskoti, Kalyal and Sombanshi. Their main occupation is to hunt and make a living by making wooden goods and exchanging them for food. They say it is customary to relocate after the death of a member of their community.

According to the preliminary census of 2078 BS, they have 48 households and a population of 145. There are 69 males and 76 females.

The Government of Nepal has been providing social security allowance to the citizens of Raute since 2063 BS, while the Karnali State Government has started giving social security allowance of Rs. 2,000 per month to the Raute citizen who received the identity card from Gurans Rural Municipality of Dailekh on 2075 Ashad 30 (14 July, 2018).