RAJOURI, Jan 29: The Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir today asserted that only ‘reservation’ can provide their due share to them in proportionate to their population in the State.
Speaking at a function organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, to discuss “Reservation a tool for equality”, the members of this main tribal community today said that the concept of quota granted by the Constitution of India stands for equality and justice to weaker sections.
The programme was presided over by noted Tribal scholar Dr Javaid Rahi while a number of tribal elders, employees and students of weaker sections attended the programme.
Dr Javaid Rahi, in his address stated that the civil society should think optimistically towards the issues of ‘reservation’. He said that the basic concept of reservation was to provide representation to identified weaker class, caste, area or a tribe falling under a category to mitigate backwardness of the socially and educationally backward communities according to their population.
He said the quota granted is based on the percentage of each group against the total population. He said it is not an aid or charity but a right which can give equal opportunities to each section of society. He asked the weaker section to strive to create a positive mindset towards quota issues in the society. He that reserve category people are not snatching the rights of general category people as assumed.
They asked the youth to try their luck in private sector or outside country too. They asserted upon new generation to work vigorously for strengthening of Tribal status and identity but at the same time they were advised not to bank upon reservation or quota only.