Repair of migration routes for ‘Move Gujjars’ demanded

Tribal Gujjar women moving alongwith their cattle and kids.
Tribal Gujjar women moving alongwith their cattle and kids.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 14: Migratory Gujjars today met Dr. Javaid Rahi of ‘Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation’ and demanded that migration routes including Jamiya Gali, Gora Batta, Nanansar, Ropadi Dharhal Pass, Mughal Road etc should be repaired urgently as these were badly damaged due to heavy snowfall last winter.
Dr. Rahi in turn appealed the relevant agencies to undertake early repairs to these routes.
He also impressed upon various organizations working for tribal community in the State to mobilize resources for providing necessary logistics to nomadic tribes.
Rahi demanded a special advisory for law enforcement agencies to help nomadic Gujjars to cross various areas and routes they are using since centuries during their seasonal migration to upper reaches of Shivalik, Pirpanjal and Trikuta Hills.
Dr. Rahi informed that the matter regarding restoration of all restricted pastures and Dhoks at Indo-Pak border and in Ladakh to Gujjars and Bakerwals was also taken with the local district magistrates.