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Settibalija are a group of the Balija and are also known as Chettibalija, Ediga, Settiga, Settikula or Indra. Many live in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh and they tend to be employed in poorly paid low-status occupations, such as agricultural labour and the manufacture and petty trading of bangles.[1] All were at that time designated as Backward Classes in the positive discrimination scheme established by the Government of India for educational and economically disadvantaged groups.[2] The Settibalija, along with some other communities, such as the Yadavs and Kapus, are one of the dominant communities in the East and West Godavari districts that form the "rice bowl" of the state.[3]


  1. ^ National Commission for backward classes, Andhra Pradesh Bench Findings (PDF) (Report). 2 July 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Gouda, Settibalija conference". The Hindu. 27 February 2004. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  3. ^ ""Rice bowl" voters may tilt the scales". The Hindu. 23 March 2004. Retrieved 2012-01-25.