Srinagar: Advocating adequate representation of tribals in employment in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Scheduled Tribe Commission has said socio-economic and developmental gaps should be reduced.
"The tribals of Jammu and Kashmir should get adequate representation in employment and other developmental programmes. The socio-economic developmental gaps should be reduced," NSTC Chairman Rameshwar Oraon said at a high-level meeting here.
The meeting, which was attended among others by NSTC members K Kamla Kumari and B Meena, Joint Secretary Aditya Mishra, State Chief Secretary Madhav Lal and other senior state officers, reviewed the status of implementation of developmental programmes, recruitment policy and safeguards concerning Scheduled Tribes of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said.
Expressing satisfaction with the overall development measures initiated by the government for the welfare of the tribal community in the state, Oraon said during their visit to various districts they had interacted and met several tribal delegations, panches, sarpanches and local people belonging to Schedule Tribes, who apprised them about various issues concerning the community.
The spokesman said the meeting discussed issues concerning shifting population of Gujjars and Bakerwals, opening of mobile schools for tribals, addressing health concerns and opening of nursing schools for tribal girls, monitoring of recruitment and promotion of STs, financial support under various schemes, timely and regular distribution of scholarships.
In a separate meeting with the State Advisory Board for the development of tribes, the spokesman said the NSTC team discussed the measures initiated for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes in the state.
Vice Chairman, State Advisory Board for the development of Gujjars and Bakerwal Choudhary Bashir Ahmed Naz, projected several demands before the team of National Commission for the welfare of ST community in the state.
The demands included conversion of Gujjar and Bakerwal hostels into residential schools, establishment of boarding schools, opening of Gujjar and Bakerwal hostels in all districts, vocational training programmes, mobile schools for the floating population, medical aid centers in Gujjar hamlets and other welfare programme for the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities, the spokesman said.
He said Oraon agreed with majority of demands and asked the State Advisory Board to submit a comprehensive proposal to the NCST.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Gujjars and Bakerwals met the NSTC team and called for demanded protection of their legitimate rights by empowering them socially, culturally, economically and politically.