JAMMU, Feb 16: Mohammad Ayub Choudhary, national working body member of International Gujjar Mahasabha (IGM) today said that Gujjar community of Jammu and Kashmir is a neglected community which was not taken care of by successive Governments.
Talking to reporters here, he said since the State has been converted into Union Territory, the community has pinned high hopes for settlement of their genuine long pending demands and it is optimistic that the steps will be taken for upliftment of the community in general and its educated younger generation in particular.
He made an appeal to Lt. Governor of the UT, G C Murmu demanding employment package for unemployed educated youth of the community, proper settlement policy be framed for the community which should be allotting plots and financial assistance be given to nomads for their permanent rehabilitation, implementation of Tribal Forest Right Act 2006, reservation in Assembly and other political bodies be given to community and the employees belonging to the community serving in various departments of UT be given preference in promotions.
He also demanded inclusion of Gojri in to 8th Schedule of the Constitution, formation of Committee for upliftment and betterment of the Gujjar community living in far flung areas of the J&K, monthly relief be provided to Gujjar and Bakerwal families for their proper settlement and grant of financial assistance to nomadic Gujjars to establish their own dairy farms since they are unable to take the cattle to the pastures due to prevailing militancy.
The Gujjar leader further made an appeal to LG to allot the land in far-flung areas of the community under Industrial Development Programme for upliftment of Gujjar and Bakerwals.
Col (retd) Devanand Gujjar, national president of International Gujjar Mahasabha, Dr Yunus Choudhary, its State president, Abdul Gani Kohli, Ch Kamal Hussian, Ch Zafffar Ali, Ghulam Awas Choudhary, Mohammed IqbalChoudhary, Anayat Ullah Choudhary, Shama Choudhary etc.