April 2004 News

J&K Tribals’ plea to PM

13 April 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: J&K Gujjar Bakerwal Joint Forum has appealed the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to safeguard the interests of the tribal and marginal communities of Jammu and Kashmir. On the eve Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s visit to Jammu, the leaders of the constituent organisations of the J&K Gujjar Bakerwal Joint Forum discussed the problems of tribal people in a meeting. Dr G A Choudhary said the even 13 years after the Gujjars and Bakkerwals in Jammu and Kashmir were declared as Scheduled Tribes the reservation benefits have not been made available to the community. He appealed the Prime Minister to take his personal interest that the assembly constituencies are reserved for the Gujjar and Bakerwal candidates. He said there are 16 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir where population of Gujjars is proportionately higher and needed to be reserved for this community candidate. Kashmiri rulers are always against the reservation of this community and only BJP can provide them some relief. Representatives of Gujjar Islahi Committee, Gujjar- Bakerwal Conference, State Unit of Akhil Bharatiya Gurjar Parishad, Gujjar United Front and Frontier Tribals Welfare Association also spoke on the occasion.


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