Jat Mahila summit to boost community’s struggle over demands

Manmohan Choudhary addressing a press conference at Jammu on Saturday. - Excelsior/Rakesh
Manmohan Choudhary addressing a press conference at Jammu on Saturday. - Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 1: For encouraging participation of the women folk in the community’s struggle over long pending demands, All India Jat Mahasabha (J&K) is going to organize first ever `Jat Mahila Adhiveshan’ in Jammu on October 9.
“Time has come for all women to stand shoulder to shoulder with men to further strengthen the movement and this would further send a message to the administration that the community of nearly five lakh people cannot remain muted and ignored for long,” said Manmohan Choudhary, President of All India Jat Maha Sabha, while addressing a press conference, here today.
Pertinent to mention that the Jat community in J&K has been demanding reservation under OBC category, ownership rights over the custodian land allotted to the families after Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971, payment of Rs 5.5 lakh grant to the left over families and release of promised payment of Rs 25 lakh for one time settlement.
“Jat community has been struggling since 1947 when it was uprooted from native places across PoK and Chhamb area during the last three Indo-Pak wars. All such families have been settled all along the border from Kathua to Chhamb area. Their sufferings continue because of lack of Government policy, economic backwardness, meager land holding and no alternative source of income,” said Manmohan Choudhary.
He lamented that all these issues have had been projected before the successive Governments since 1947 but nothing was done except promises and lip service to the community. “Eleven states have accorded OBC status to the Jat community in India but administration of UT in J&K continues to deny and delay the same,” he said.
Expecting tremendous response from the community women for the forthcoming summit, Manmohan Choudhary said that the women power through All India Jat Maha Sabha Nari Shakti Maha Sammelan will provide full might and impetus to the ongoing struggle.
Informing that next course of action will also be collectively decided by all during the event, which will be held at Golden Leaf Banquet, Babliana Road, Gangyal, the Jat Maha Sabha leader sought support of the entire community over the demands.
Others, who were present in the press conference, included Brig Pawan Sauntra, Col S R Choudhary, Avtar Krishan Choudhary, C A Sunil Choudhary, Prem Pal Choudhary, Rashpal Choudhary and Rattan Choudhary.