AIJMS demands OBC status for Jats

AIJMS-J&K leaders posing after a meeting in Kathua.
AIJMS-J&K leaders posing after a meeting in Kathua.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 21: All India Jat Mahasabha (AIJMS)-J&K has demanded Other Backward Classes (OBC) status for the Jat community.
The demand was raised during a meeting of the AIJMS-J&K held here today under the chairmanship of president Ch Man Mohan Singh. Besides OBC status issue, various burning issues faced by the Biradari were discussed in the meeting.
However, the much thrust was laid on the OBC status demand in line with other states. The Jat leaders also stressed upon the Government to immediately give relief compensation of Rs 5.50 lakh to the left over displaced families of 1947, 1965 and 1971.
“The left over families awaiting relief compensation are short of some of requisite documents which they lost due to passage of long time or burning/damaging of their homes and huts due to thunder , fire, rain, flood etc. Their illiteracy was also one the reasons of losing their documents,” they added.
The Jat leaders also advocated for inclusion of children adopted by the issueless displaced couples in the compensation list. They further demanded ownership rights for custodian land allotted to displaced families.
Ch Man Mohan Singh requested the Government of J&K to frame a high level committee to settle all the pending issues of Displaced Persons and Jats on priority basis.
Singh stressed upon the Government that Jats of J&K must be given the status of OBC as they are not so educated to compete the students who study in big and modern schools.
Besides others, Diwan Singh (vice president AIJMS-J&K) and Sat Pal (tehsil president AIJMS-J&K Unit-Kathua) were present in the meeting.