No Change In Reservation Status Of Gujjars, Bakerwals: LG Sinha

Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday urged people not to fall for those instigating people on reservation, and reiterated Home Minister Amit Shah’s assurance that the interests of Gujjars and other communities will be protected & there will be no decrease in their quota even by one per cent.

“I urge those undertaking Padyatra 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.

Sinha made these remarks while addressing a Janjatiya Samagam on the launch of week-long festivities on Janjatiya Gaurav Divas, at the Convention Centre in Jammu, an official spokesperson said.

The LG said that after decades of wait, PM has transformed the dream of social equity and justice into reality and has brought fast and radical change in the lives of tribal community and paved the path for socio-economic growth.

“We recognize the critical role and contribution of tribal community in the development of J&K UT. They are prime mover of the progress. Tribal community is our moral compass and taught us the values of co-existence, oneness, harmony and sustainable living,” the LG said.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working tirelessly to fulfil dreams of tribals. I urge people not to fall for those instigating people on reservation. HM has assured Gujjars & other community’s interests will be protected & there will be no decrease in their quota even by one per cent,” he added.

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 channelize the productive energy of tribal youth and women so that new generation can transform the economic fortunes of their families and contribute to cultural and social vitality,” Sinha said.

“Special emphasis is being laid on beneficiary-oriented schemes and welfare infrastructure with priority to road connectivity, power supply, drinking water, modern tribal villages, self-employment, healthcare, skill development, scholarships and education,” he added.

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,” Sinha said.

Enumerating the steps taken to give impetus to the socio-economic development of the tribal community, he said that 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.

“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,” the LG said.

“Janjatiya Gaurav Saptah will act as a fillip to the efforts for preservation of tribal arts and culture in this hyper connected and internet driven world, to encourage upcoming artists and students of tribal literature,” he added.

The LG also launched web portal for Tribal Awards which will Streamline and bring transparency in nomination process.

Earlier, the LG paid tributes to iconic freedom fighter Bhagwan Birsa Munda on his Janm-Jayanti and remembered the immense contribution of the tribal freedom fighters & brave heroes in freedom struggle and nation building.

“The nation will forever be indebted to the bravery, courage & supreme sacrifice of Bhagwan Birsa Munda and other tribal icons,” Sinha said.

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