Gujjars for special census of nomadic tribes in J&K

Jammu: Demanding a "special census" for lakhs of nomadic and semi-nomadic Gujjars-Bakerwals of Jammu and Kashmir, the community has expressed distress over their exclusion in the first phase of Census 2011.

In an appeal to the Union Government sent through Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, a frontal body of Gujjars of the state, they appealed for a correct enumeration of their tribe in the second and last phase of Census 2011 under a new column "Nomadic or Shelter Less Category".

"A special census of around 6 lakh nomadic, semi nomadic and shelterless Gujjars, Bakerwals and other migratory communities is demanded by us," secretary of the foundation Javaid Rahi said.

He suggested that Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India should hold exclusive mapping to list the movement of nomads in Himalayan region.

"We appeal the Prime Minister's office to intervene and direct RGI to conduct special census of Gujjar-Bakerwal nomads in J&K and enter them in National Population Register (NPR) under a special and exclusive programme," he said.