Govt to formulate settlement policy for tribal population: Zulfkar Ali

The Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today said J&K’s tribal community is an important constituent of the State’s population, and the Government is formulating a comprehensive settlement policy for them.

The  Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today said J&K's tribal community is an important constituent of the State's population, and the Government is formulating a comprehensive settlement policy for them.  

Speaking during "All J&K Gujjar Bakerwal Conference", the Minister said, "Our tribal communities have always laid down their lives for safeguarding the interests of the State and the country and even today they are directly or indirectly involved in the same without even getting paid for it."

Highlighting the contribution of the Gujjar-Bakerwal community, the Minister said that they have always stood by the nation, and there are many instances available in the history bearing witness to their struggle in this regard.

Zulfkar Ali informed the gathering that the Government under the guidance of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is working on formulating a comprehensive settlement policy under which the tribal communities would be rehabilitated.  He added that on CM's instructions a committee has already been constituted in this regard which working on the formulation of the policy.

The Minister said the Government is committed to make residential colonies for tribal population with all the basic facilities including water, power and good roads.

Demanding strict action against those who have illegally grabbed hundreds of acres of Government land, the Minister said land grabbing is a serious crime which no Government would tolerate and should be dealt with strictly. However, those who over a period of time are using a small patches of land for shelter should be left alone.  

Drawing inference from human body, the Minister said while the Government is a complete human body, tribal community represents one of its parts, adding the entire body would feel pain if one of its parts is in pain. He said for creating a strong system, downtrodden people have to be uplifted.

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