J&K Gujjars demand adequate representation to Gojri on AIR, DD

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 8: Demanding adequate time slot for Gojri language on all local Radio stations and Doordarshan Kendras as per the population of their community -the Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir today pleaded through Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation -a frontal organization of Gujjars-Bakerwals for starting of daily news from Doordarshan Jammu and Srinagar and morning Gojri News bulletins from Radio Kashmir Jammu and Srinagar.
Giving details -Dr Javaid Rahi, Secretary, Tribal Foundation today informed that a letter was sent to Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting wherein issues of Gojri Language were highlighted in a strong manner with regard to its projection and promotion on All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra’s in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The letter was signed by prominent tribal personalities demanding sufficient time slot for Gojri language proportionate to population of Gujjars- Bakerwals in the State”, he said.
The letter reads that Gojri is a significant language of India and it needs special attention and encouragement of Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with regard to its representation and promotion on AIR and DD channels at National level and State level.
The letter further reads– the Gujjars and Bakerwals -the speaker of Gojri language constitute more than 20% population of the State are completely ignored by the Doordarshan in J&K and no proper representation was provided to their art, culture, languages, customs and secular ethos for which they are known all over the world on any of its channel .
“Presently Radio Kashmir Jammu and Srinagar broadcast one hour programme including 10 minutes Gojri News out of total 16 hour daily transmission while DD Kashmir/Kashir Channel and DD Jammu telecast half an hour weekly programme in Gojri, which is a great injustice with this important tribal language”, the letter reads.