TRCF demands for special census of Gujjars and Bakerwals of J&K
Srinagar, May 16 (Scoop News) - Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation(TRCF) –a frontal body of Gujjars of state stressed vigorously upon centre and state to jointly launch an exclusive programme to conduct a special census of lakhs of nomadic and shelter-less Gujjars and Bakerwals of Jammu and Kashmir who are presently under seasonal migration along-with their livestock to upper reaches of Northwestern Himalaya.
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh sent through Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation(TRCF) the community members demanded a correct enumeration of their tribe under “Shelter less category” in the course house listing commenced from yesterday.
Giving details about the letter, Dr Javaid Rahi, Secretary of the Foundation said that we demanded a special census of around 6 to 8 Lakh nomadic and shelter less Gujjars and Bakerwals who are presently under migration through seven major routs towards upper reaches of Pir Panchal, Shavalik and Trikuta Hills of
The letter reads that Registrar General of India (RGI) should make it possible for nomadic communities of
The letter further reads, in 2000, the census report left us un enumerated , and Lakhs nomadic Gujjars who were on upper reaches at that point of time, in connection with annual migration ,had not been enumerated and reflected in the census report 2001 but this year we request Prime Ministers office to intervene and direct RGI to re-schedule the dates of census in Jammu and Kashmir or to hold a special servey of nomads. The letter further said as the houselisting and housing Census and canvassing of household schedule of National Population Register (NPR) is under way and would be completed in June 2010 and during this period a big chunk of Gujjars will be in upper reaches so a spcieal and exclusive programme of holding census should be formulated at the earliest.
Dr. Rahi asked community member who are settled or belonging to agriculture class to co-operate with census officials and get themselves enumerated as ST community with Gojri as their mother tongue.
As per official notification issued by Registrar General of India (RGI) the first phase of Census 2011 would formally commence from 15 May to 30 June 2010 in accessible areas and from 16 July to 30 August 2010 in other areas of
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