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Disallowing transportation of livestock on Sgr-Jmu highway insensitive: Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Apr 12: Taking strong exception to the restrictions being imposed on transportation of livestock by Gujjar-Bakerwal community on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has termed the move as insensitive and demanded its immediate revocation.

“Administration in Jammu & Kashmir is on a spree of taking ridiculous decisions one after the other. Not allowing nomads/Gujjars-Bakerwal community members to transport their livestock from Jammu to Valley is insensitive as they cannot wait until elections are over,” the former chief minister said.

At a time when seasonal migration of the nomadic community along with their livestock has commenced, the administration has ordered a ban on such a movement till the general elections are over, she said. This has put the tribal nomadic community at great stress as such a delay in their movement from Jammu towards the Valley is impractical, she added.

Terming these restrictions as insensitive and unacceptable, Mufti said she has taken up the matter with the Governor S P Malik and demanded immediate revocation of this ban on movement of livestock.

“I have taken up the matter with Governor who has assured me all help,” she added.

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