JAMMU, Apr 19: Though the reservation under Scheduled Tribe (ST) category has significantly changed the living standard of Gujjars and Bakerwals since April 19, 1991 still a large chunk of tribal population reels under the grip of poverty and backwardness.
This was stated by Dr. Javaid Rahi of Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation while addressing in a function organized to celebrate completion of 28 years when Gujjars and Bakerwals were listed as Scheduled Tribe community.
Rahi said that a lot of efforts are still required to boost the community educationally, socially, economically and culturally.
Many speakers said that a large chunk of Gujjars are still lagging behind due to poverty, nomadic ways of life, illiteracy, difficult geographical habitats etc.
Other speakers said that Government should think optimistically towards the issues of this tribal community.
Ishtiaq Misbah, Khadam Hussain, Dil Mohammad, Mohammad Shreif Khaki, Wazir, Mohammad Banya, Shabnum Rafeeq Bajran, Ali Hussain Khatana, Bashir Bajad, Haneef Lodha and others also spoke on the occasion.