Gujjars seek inclusion in BPL category
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PCI NEWS: The community elders, while participating in a programme, organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation here, claimed that the migratory tribe needs special attention of the government.

The Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir Sunday urged the government to formulate a compact programme to eradicate poverty among nomadic tribes. They demanded that the government must ensure food security to their tribe besides their inclusion in Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.

The community elders, while participating in a programme, organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation here, claimed that the migratory tribe needs special attention of the government.

As per the release, the programme was presided over by reputed tribal scholar, DrJavaidRahi, while a number of community members participated in the programme.

In his presidential address, DrJavaidRahi said that the Gujjars-Bakerwals being nomads are not properly  aware of the schemes being launched by State and Centre governments to uplift them socially, economically, educationally and culturally under Schedule Tribe category.

He said that poverty is growing rapidly in nomadic tribes as they are relinquishing their nomadic life and opting for unskilled labours.

“As such, poverty eradication programmes are required for their upliftment,” he said.

The speakers said Gujjars-Bakerwals being nomads did not approach any government agency to include them in BPL list during the survey as they were under seasonal migration whenever the surveys were conducted in the State.

They also pleaded for a provision under NFSA on the prototype of United Nations World Food Programme to combat malnutrition among sedentary and non-sedentary groups.

The speakers said that nomadic tribes, mainly Gujjars and Bakerwal, Gadii, Sippi and Changpa migrate annually along with their cattle to upper reaches since centuries.

“They are not available at one place like other communities to take ration and other benefits. So, the need of the hour is to implement an innovative scheme to bring them under the NFSA,” they said.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Ishtiaq Ahmed, GhulamRasool, Din Mohammad Chokar, Aleem-ud-Din Chowdhary, DrIrshad Ahmed, Nazir Ahmad Khatana, Warast Ali and others.

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