Govt decision to earmark 10% budget for Tribal will end discrimination , inequality: Guijjars

Jammu, Jan  :  Gujjars  and Bakerwals -the main Scheduled Tribe groups of  Jammu and Kashmir, today   stated that the Government decision  to  earmark a minimum of 10% of the budget in all departments for the promotion of Tribal Affairs will end discrimination and inequality which they were facing since decades.

In a meeting of tribal elders and youth , organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation , held here today under the chairmanship of noted Gujjar scholar  Dr Javaid Rahi , the speakers termed  the govt decision  as a historic and unprecedented   which will help in changing  socio economic condition of tribal communities of Jammu and Kashmir included Gujjar, Bakerwal, Gaddi, Sippi, Dard/Shin,

The tribal elders  thanked Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu, Farooq Khan, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor for issuing direction to all department to  earmark  10% budget for tribal and passing  various directions pertaining to the welfare of Tribal communities in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and set a timeline of three months for their implementation of all schemes.

Dr. Javaid Rahi in his presidential address stated that   this is  a historic  decision whereby a huge budget of Jammu and Kashmir  was earmarked  for tribal development. It speaks that govt is very serious to develop Tribal communities of Union Territory  who are reeling under poverty and illiteracy since independence.

He hoped that government will implement all the Acts / laws extended to Jammu and Kashmir through  Reorganisation Act 2019, including  Forest Rights Act, Conservation Act 1982, SC/ST (Prevention of ) Atrosties Act 1989 Besides varicose provision of Constitution of India which provides , equality to tribes in Social, Political and Public institutions.

 The other speakers demanded basic amenities   such as water , electricity, roads , schools, health facilities for tribal villages located on higher reaches besides on Indo Pak borders. They further demanded implementation of welfare schemes which may benefit the tribal population. He also directed for construction of bunkers in the shelling prone areas along the International Border and Line of Control.

Those who spoke on the occasion, includes Ishtiaq Misbah , Khadam  Hussain, Din  Mohammad , Mohammad Shrief Khaki , Wazir  Mohammad Banya, Shabnum Rafeeq Bajran, Ali Hussain Khatana, Bashir Bajad, Haneef Lodha and others.