Give OBC status to Jat Community in UT: Manjit

Excelsior Correspondent
VIJAYPUR, July 12: Jammu and Kashmir Jat Sabha, president and former Minister Manjit Singh today appealed to Lt Governor Girish Chandra Murmu to give community members a representation in J&K Public Service Commission and in J&K High Court.
“The Government should take steps for the upliftment of the Jat Community. This community was never given its rights from over 70 years in Jammu and Kashmir whether it is J&K PSC or J&K High Court. We had no members nor do we have any Judge in the J&K,” he alleged.
He said that the Government should appoint a Jat Community member in J&K PSC and also a senior practicing lawyer in the J&K High Court as Judge for the empowerment and upliftment of the Jat Community.
“The previous Governments neglected the Jat Community and those political parties who failed to fulfil their demands have lost their ground among the people,” said the former minister.
He said that the community needs support from the Government for their betterment.
“In many cases youth of the community living along the border fail to complete their studies due to border tension. Similarly, the normal lives have also been disturbed because they live close to the border. The Government must ensure their upliftment with Jat friendly policies and also give them representation in the appropriate platforms,” said Manjit Singh.
Referring to the long pending demand, the former minister said that the Government should give them Other Backward Class (OBC) status in Jammu and Kashmir.