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No dev scheme initiated since 2014 for GB community: Nasir

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Meets delegations from Keran, Machil, and Tangdhar

Srinagar: A delegation of party functionaries, delegates from Karnah, Tangdhar, and Machil led by Party leader and former MLA, Kafilul Rehman, met Provincial President Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani, and apprised him about the issues concerning the people in the frontier areas.

The interaction was dominated by party affairs, membership drive in the area.

The visiting delegation also expressed concern over the ubiquitous unemployment, administrative inertia, and development deficit in the frontier areas of Keran, Machil and Tangdhar. They said the people living in these regions have been abandoned by the incumbent administration.

The members of the visiting delegation individually gave an estimation of the situation to the provincial president and also revealed how Gujjar and Bakarwal populace is being discriminated against in every sphere of life in the border districts.

“No development scheme has been initiated since 2014 for the GB community. We have only been receiving hollow assurances but on ground no development is taking place. The promise of the incumbent administration on having 10 percent funds allocated in every department for the welfare is yet to materialize. The special central assistance to tribal sub plan funds is not being properly utilized on ground. Majority of the infra-projects in the frontier regions which are mostly inhabited by tribals have been left to their own with no attention being given to the augmentation of roads, electricity transmission, driving water, irrigation, health, education and other public utility services in the border areas,” the delegation members said.

While addressing the delegation Nasir said the party’s vision of development entails equal development of all the sections of society in J&K, Ladakh. He said the role played by the party in the social-political and economic emancipation of Gujjar and Bakarwal tribe remains unparalleled to this date.

He said the party keeping up with its vision of inclusiveness had initiated various programmes to uplift the people from poverty, particularly the tribal living in the border areas but  the successive governments since 2015 were not able to keep up with the pace of development motioned in by the then NC led government.

Nasir said the developmental vision of the party for Gujjar and Bakarwal tribes and other tribes living along LOC entails having more scholarships, fellowships, strengthening primary, secondary, and higher education system, targeted development of tribal inhabited regions, protection of their land, employment and political rights.

He further said the party has, and will continue to raise the issues concerning them at all appropriate forums.

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