Formulate compact ‘Tribal Policy’: Gujjars to Govt

Formulate compact ‘Tribal Policy’: Gujjars to Govt

Jammu, Nov 17: Stressing upon the State Government to formulate a compact ‘tribal policy’ to address issues of nomads -the members of Gujjars and Bakerwal communities Sunday stated that only a well defined policy can pave way for their overall development.
In a programme organise by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, the speakers demanded to form a defined plan to rehabilitate, and educate tribes. Besides other demands they urged for health and other facilities to be provided to them. The programme was presided over by researcher of Gujjar community Dr. Javaid Rahi while a number of tribal elders and youths were present on the occasion .
Dr. Javaid Rahi in his address stressed that tribal communities must be develop without touching their Culture, ethnicity and migratory way of life. He said their overall growth is not possible without any set plan. He said Gujjar community warmly welcomed the statement of Tribal Minister Ch Zulfkar Ali in which he promised to formulate a policy which can in eradication illiteracy, economic instability, and cultural shyness among tribes. He said such policy can pave a way for grant rights on prototype of other tribes residing in different states of India.
“The problems of Tribal and nomadic communities of J&K are the same which were being faced by other ST communities of India and J&K tribes are entitled for same treatment under Constitution of India available to tribes of other states , he said adding that they must be treated at par with tribals of other states of India.
He said, present govt is pro tribes as they were the first to establish firstever ‘Tribal Ministry’ in the state presently headed by Chief Minister, Mehboba Mufti who is also the Tribal Minister and our expectation from her are so high as she is capable enough to give a new vision to state in term of Tribal development.
The other speakers stated that a majority of Scheduled Tribes continue to live below the poverty line, have poor literacy rates, suffer from malnutrition and disease and are vulnerable to displacement requires special attention of State government. They said that the Scheduled Tribes in general are repositories of indigenous knowledge and wisdom in certain aspects which must be preserved immediately and tribal policy must be formulated with the aims to address each of these problems in a concrete way. It also lists out measures to be taken to preserve and promote tribals’ cultural heritage and languages.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Abdul Ghani, Mohammad Alam, Waseem Choudhary, Dil Mohammad Ghegi, Akraam Choudhary, Nafees Ahmed, Zahir Ahmad Khatana and others.