JAMMU, Aug 20: A delegation of Jat Biradari led by Choudhary Manmohan Singh President AIJMS met with Jeet Lal Gupta, Chairman of State Commission for Backward Classes J&K.
Advocate Omkar Seth and Prof Verinder kumar, members of Backward Commission were also present on the occasion.
The delegation met Jeet Lal Gupta to highlight the long pending demand of Jat biradari of being included in the OBC category.
Choudhary Manmohan Singh informed the officials of the Backward Commission that the official statistics of Jat population in J&K needs to be corrected. “Over 5 lakh jats, inclusive of Hindu, Sikhs and Muslims, live in Jammu as well as Kashmir, of which their literacy rate is about 10 per cent considering most of them live on border areas ranging from Kathua to Poonch and Kashmir. Out of these 7 to 10% are literate people and only 10-12% hold Government Jobs mostly Army and Police”, he added.
Singh informed the Backward Commission Committee about the living condition of people residing on border. “Due to frequent disturbances on border due to ceasefire violation and counter action, these people who stay on or within close proximity of border and have agricultural lands there loose their lands and harvest. They have no other source of income and due to unavailability of their lands to them, their economic condition has worsened. Moreover their children have not much access to schools. Overall these people are socially, economically and educationally weak”, he stated.
Singh said that the issue of reservation has been taken up with Government. “After scrapping of Articles 370 and 35-A, it will be easy for the authorities to bring the Jats of J&K at par with the Jats of rest of the Country”, he said, adding that J&K should also get the benefit of reservation for the welfare of these people.
He requested the Chairman of the committee to collect the necessary data and submit a report based on current data, on the importance of category for Jats of J&K and to confirm affirmative response.
Jeet Lal Gupta, Chairman listened to the delegation and said that he agrees for the reservation for Jats of J&K. he asked Choudhary Manmohan Singh to cooperate with their department to rectify the false data.
Gupta assured that he will submit a new report based on accurate data and will forward his recommendations to the authorities and the Government.