J&K: 100 mobile schools to come up for Gujjars, Bakerwals

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved 100 mobile schools for the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities of the state to enable the children of the migratory population receive proper education.

The decision to set up 100 mobile schools for Gujjars and Bakerwals, who migrate between Kashmir Valley and Jammu region in search of pastures for their flock, was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here yesterday, an official spokesman said.

He said the Chief Minister sought a proposal for opening of more such schools with adequate arrangements for the teaching staff.

Omar also directed for a comprehensive proposal for Mobile Medical Centres (MMCs) for these communities to ensure their health cover during migration from one place to another.

He asked the Health Department to move forward in this direction early and work out a befitting strategy in this regard.

The mobile school scheme for Gujjars and Bakerwals was started by the chief minister's grandfather Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah during his tenure as Chief Minister but received set back after the eruption of militancy.