Gujjars in JK demand primitive tribal group status

Jammu, Dec 9: The Scheduled Tribes Gujjars-Bakerwals of Jammu and Kashmir today demanded the status of "Primitive Tribal Group" in the state with a separate share of reservation in the category.
 The demand has been projected in a memorandum, signed by all the dignitaries of community , which was sent to Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh through Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, today.
 Dr.Javaid Rahi, Secretary of Tribal Foundation said, "We have pleaded that the Gujjars and Bakerwals who constitute 80% of tribal population of Jammu and Kashmir .Being marginalized among STs they deserve special attention and a fair deal from the Centre and state."
 They, in memorandum, pushed vigorously for bifurcation of their separate share of 8% out of total 10% reservation available to 12 ST groups with plea that Gujjars and Bakerwals are not as forward as to compete with other tribes especially those eight tribes lives in different districts including the Ladakh region.
 The memorandum reads that the Gujjars-Bakerwals have got ST status in J&K in 1991 and sharing 10% reservations under STs with other 10 communities of State but they are still on margin in all field like education, health and employment sector as they are facing hard competition among Tribal groups of the State.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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