Gujjars meet Union Tribal Affair Minister, project demands

Jammu, 21st of Janoury 2020

A delegation of Gujjars  of Jammu and Kashmir today met  Arjun Munda , Union Minster for Tribal Affairs  during his Public outreach programme  and submitted a memorandum  highlighting the issues and problems being faced by  Scheduled Tribe communities of Union Territory and demanded immediate redresses.

Dr. Javaid Rahi- noted tribal researcher and  Ch Ghulam Sarwar Chouhan President of Tribal Research and Cultural foundation presented him a memorandum and during  an hour long meeting held at Airport here this afternoon , discussed socio-cultural , economic, educational issues  besides rehabilitation of tribes of Jammu and Kashmir 

The minister was informed that Gujjars, Bakerwals together constitute a more than 80% proportion of tribal population of Jammu and Kashmir. They  faced a gross discrimination since last 72 years  in education, recruitment & promotions in govt. jobs, postings of officers,  socio-economic development, political representation and now they deserves  a fair deal from Government of India in new J&K.

The demands projected before tribal Minister includes , immediate implementation of Conservation Act-1980 and Forest Rights Act-2006 to rehabilitate nomads/ Forest Dwellers and recognise habitation of  ‘Forest Villages of  J&K  on the prototype of other states/UTs.

Demand of implementation of reservation /roster  in recruitment and  grant of  ‘Reservation in promotions’  to Scheduled Tribes employees was projected before the Minister and sought his intervention to get the both  implemented in J&K.

Other demands projected were establishment of Akleviya  Model school for tribes in each Teshil/ District of J&K, inclusion of Gojri in 8th Schedule , funds for tribal  villages in 100% ST population , political reservation in Assembly constituencies where STs (Gujjars)  constitute 25 to 80 percent of franchise, special Recruitment for tribal Youth of  J&K , strengthening of tribal Department of J&K with funding in each sector.

The Minister assured that his Ministry will issue a notification shortly with regard to implementation of Forest Right Act-2006 and Conservation Act 1980 in J&K. He further assured that he will take up all the demands highlighted  with MHA and  UT govt of Jammu and Kashmir soon after he reaches Delhi. 

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