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‘Janjatiya Samagam’: Those instigating people on reservation don’t want peace and progress in J&K: LG

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Says reservation for Pahari community won't affect Gujjars, Bakerwals; efforts on to harness potential, and channelize energy of tribal youth, women

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday urged people not to get swayed by those “instigating” masses on the issue of reservation as they “are the same people who do not want peace and progress in the region”.

Sinha took part in a ‘Janjatiya Samagam’ (tribal convention) on the launch of the weeklong festivities on the ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Divas’ and paid tributes to iconic freedom fighter Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary, an official press release informed.

He said Home Minister Amit Shah has assured the Gujjars and other communities their interests will be protected and there will be no reduction in their quota even by one percent.

“I urge those undertaking Padyatra (against reservation) to return home. Some people with vested interest are spreading rumours on reservation. They are the same people who do not want peace and progress in the region,” the LG said.

He said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working tirelessly to fulfill the dreams of tribals.” Sinha said the government recognises the critical role and contribution of the tribal community in the development of J&K.

“They are the prime mover of progress. The tribal community is our moral compass and taught us the values of co-existence, oneness, harmony and sustainable living,” the LG said.

On the occasion, the LG shared various initiatives and resolutions taken by the UT government for the welfare of the tribal community and tribal youth.

“We are making dedicated efforts to harness the potential and channelise the productive energy of tribal youth and women so that new generations can transform the economic fortunes of their families and contribute to cultural and social vitality,” said the LG.

He further said that “after decades of wait by the people of J&K, the prime minister has transformed the dream of social equity and justice into reality”, which he said has brought fast and radical change in the lives of tribal communities and paved the path for socio-economic growth.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor shared various initiatives and resolutions taken by the UT government for the welfare of the tribal community and tribal youth.

The LG underscored that the livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing the wealth of ‘Van Dhan’ aims to tap into traditional knowledge and skill sets of tribals by adding technology & IT to upgrade the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Vikas Yojna at each stage and convert tribal wisdom into a viable economic activity.

“We are promoting a culture of excellence in our schools in tribal-populated areas through smart classrooms. These schools will act as a vital source of new knowledge and innovative thinking, and as providers of highly skilled students,” the LG said.

Enumerating the steps taken to give impetus to the socio-economic development of the tribal community, the LG said apart from Forest Rights Act, several infrastructures like transit accommodation, boys & girls hostels, Eklavya model residential schools, mini Sheep farms, new dairy units, smart card and trucks for migratory population, Pradhanmantri Aadi Aadarsh Gram Yojna, Coaching programmes for NEET/JEE, UPSC, Technology Enabled Education Scheme, Tribal Research Centre have been created.

He said, “I am confident the Janjatiya Gaurav Saptah will not only celebrate the rich contribution of tribal community in Indian freedom but instill a sense of pride in the tribal tradition and cultural values.”

Earlier, the LG launched a web portal for tribal awards which will streamline and bring transparency in the nomination process.

Home Minister Amit Shah had last month announced the Pahari community of Jammu and Kashmir will get reservation benefits along with the nomadic Gujjar and Bakarwal populations.

The Gujjars and some other tribal communities of J&K who were listed as Scheduled Tribes in 1991 have been opposing the grant of such a status and other similar benefits to the Paharis with the argument that it will dilute the entire ST status. Over the past few weeks, they have held protests at some places in the Jammu region.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG, speaking on the occasion extended his wishes and greetings to the tribal community for the Janjatiya Diwas and highlighted the reforms introduced by the government for the empowerment of tribal population of J&K. He lauded the contribution of the tribal community in the progress of the UT.

Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department, highlighted the landmark initiatives for the welfare of tribal community.


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