Gujjars in J&K demand primitive tribal group status
  • This Section
  • Latest
  • Web Wrap
Last Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 20:06
  
Srinagar: The scheduled tribe Gujjars 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 was made in a memorandum signed by prominent representatives of community sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh through Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation -- an organisation of Gujjars -- with an appeal that they should be given more special rights and safeguards.

They pushed for a separate share out of the total 10 per cent reservation available to 12 ST groups in the state with the plea that Gujjars and Bakerwals are not as forward as to compete with other tribes, especially with the eight tribes living in Ladakh region.

Secretary of Tribal Foundation Javaid Rahi said, "We have pleaded that the Gujjars and Bakerwals who constitute 80 per cent of tribal population of Jammu and Kashmir deserve special attention and a fair deal from the Centre and state."

He said Gujjars should be categorised as a primitive tribal group and without this status the all-round development of the community could not be possible.

Rahi said under the constitution, those who were identified as more backward communities among the tribal population have been categorised as 'primitive tribal groups' (PTGs) and their share in reservation has been separated from other ST communities. So far, 85 tribal communities have been identified as PTGs in different states of India.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 20:06


comments powered by Disqus