SAMBA, Jan 15 : Apni Party provincial president, Jammu, Manjit Singh has demanded political reservation of Schedule Tribe community in Assembly constituencies where they have less population.
Speaking at a joining programme organized during a meeting of ST Wing at Barjani in Bari Brahmana Samba, district, Manjit Singh said that the Schedule Tribe community is among the most neglected and marginalized section of society which remained politically disempowered.
On this occasion, the District Committee of ST Wing, Samba was also announced and many people also joined the party during the meeting at Barjani.
“This disempowerment is mostly in the constituencies where they have less population but their representation is always undermined and hence, they face negligence,” he said while speaking at the meeting.
He said that in constituencies where they have a majority, they elect their representatives but the problem is being faced where the Gujjars-Bakkerwals have less population.
He said that the Government should review its politics for the welfare of the Nomads who have been the victims of political division.
“These people need a rehabilitation policy, economic, and social upliftment,” he said and added that their colonies are neglected and hardly any developmental activities are taken up.
He said that “if Apni Party forms the next Government, we will work for the social, economic and political upliftment and develop their colonies.”
The party is really concerned about the plight of the Nomads in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
He also appealed to the Government not to reserve Assembly seats in the Assembly constituencies along the International Border (IB).
“Majority of the people living along the border villages are displaced persons from Chhamb and PoJK and therefore, it would affect their political representation,” he said.
ST Wing president Choudhary Saleem Alam also spoke on the occasion and expressed his concern over the targeting of the ST localities without prior notices by Jammu Development Authority (JDA).
He said that “It seems JDA is working on directions of someone and is not concerned about the marginalized section of society.”
“JDA came to formation with an aim to provide good livelihood. However, they are acting in a wayward manner,” he added.