Jammu, 9th Oct., 2011
Expressing serious concern over the issuing of fake Scheduled Tribe (ST) Certificates in favour of non-Scheduled Tribes, Jammu Kashmir Tribal United Forum (TUF), a premier organization working for the affairs of Gujjar & Bakerwal communities, today demanded re-verification of all ST Certificates issued during last two decades. In this connection, the State executive body of Tribal United Forum met here today under the chairmanship Roshan Din Choudhary, President of Forum, sought investigation into racket of fake ST certificate operating in the state particularly in valley.
Roshan Din Choudhary, President, Tribal United Forum in a press hand out issued here said that
as per the SRO-294 of 2005 issued by J&K Govt. 12 groups in our state have been identified as Scheduled Tribe are (i) Balti, (ii) Beda, (iii) Bot, Boto, (iv) Brokpa, Drokpa, Dard, Shin, (v) Changpa, (vi) Garra, (vii) Mon, (viii) Purigpa, (ix) Gujjar, (x) Bakerwal, (xi) Gaddi and (xii) Sippi but unfortunately many non- Scheduled Tribes have managed the ST certificates through fraudulent ways and means which resulted into a great loss to the existing Scheduled Tribes. In view of this, Roshan Choudhary further appealed the State Govt. to constitute an independent commission to conduct the probe so as to curb the practice of issuing fake ST certificates.
Dr. Zabeer Ahmed Bajjar, General Secretary of Forum, while speaking on the occasion said that despite the Scheduled Tribe communities are identified and their sub – castes are also known to the issuing revenue authorities as well still racket is working against us. Appreciating the role of State Gujjar Bakerwal Advisory Board in identifying more than 100 fake ST certificates in the Valley, Dr. Bajjar urged the Chairman and Vice Chairman of Advisory Board for the Development of Gujjar Bakerwal to personally intervene and conduct a thorough probe into racket involved in issuance of fraudulent Gujjar/Bakerwal /ST Certificate. Dr. Bajjar also asked his community members to be vigilant and if any fraudulent ST certificate holder is come to their knowledge should be brought into the notice of Gujjar Advisory Board, Forum or other law enforcement agencies.
Among others who spoke on the occasion were Tanwir Ahmed, Khursheed-Ul-Islam, Munshi Khan, Advocate Tanzir Khatana, Er. Shah Mohd., Advocate Pervaiz Choduhary, Advocate Zaffer Choudhary and Sardar Khan.