JK Gujjars seek PM’s intervention for social justice
In a Statement issued by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation –a frontal organization of Gujjars today sought resolution five major issues pending with union government of India includes raising of Gujjar Regiment in Indian Army ,opening of Tribal University in J&K, Inclusion of Gojri into eighth Schedule of Indian constitution, providing of due time slat to Gori on Radio and DD Channels and conduct of Special census of nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals.
Dr. Javaid Rahi , National Secretary of Tribal Foundation told here that there are five major demands of Gujjars stands unresolved with centre since long. He said our tribe hope that Prime Minister will intervene in the matter for resolution.
He said Gujjars are demanding for raising of a full-fledged ‘Gujjar Regiment’ in the Army on the pattern of Jat, Raput and Dogra Regiments since 1947 and hoped that PM’s intervention can provide justice to Gujjars of J&K.
Another issue, he said ,was demand of opening of Tribal University which is still pending with centre hoped that PM will announce about this demand which if established will promote studies and research in tribal art, culture, tradition, language, custom, medicinal systems, forest based economic activities, including special studies in the flora and fauna, and advancements in technologies relating to natural resources of the tribal areas of the state, he said.
The demand of providing of due share to Gojri language on AIR and DD is also pending with Ministry of Information and broadcasting needs early resolutions.
Zubeer Bajjar senior functionary of Foundation said apart from above five demands our lakhs of Nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals in the State are landless, shelter less , illiterate, without education and health facilities they deserve a “Special Rehabilitation Prgrammes.
He said in all State of India Scheduled Tribe communities are rehabilitated on Forest lands as per Forest Act 2006 passed by the parliament the same should be extended to J&K state too.
The Foundation also urged PM to enhance centrally sponsored Tribal sub-plan to empower Gujjars in terms of financial resources and appealed that new scheme should be formulated and introduced in this board so that this institution work properly in each and every field of Gujjar Development.
Tags: J&K Gujjars , Rights , Forest Lands , State
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