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.