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.