Provide Gujjars with political reservation and employment: Altaf

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Srinagar, Jul 28 (UNI) Appealing to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra to provide political reservation and employment package to Gujjars and other tribes, a senior Gujjar leader and former state minister Mian Altaf today alleged the community was being ignored by the coalition government. Addressing a daylong Gujjar convention at Keller at 20 km from here today, Mian Altaf, a senior National Conference (NC) leader appealed to Mr Vohra to intervene and provide the community right of political reservation available under ST status.

He also demanded an employment-cum-development package for tribals.

He also appealed tp Gujjar community of the State to unite against anti-tribal forces and give a befitting reply to those who were exploiting them since 1947.

Mr Altaf said that Gujjars, the major Scheduled Tribe group of the State who constitute one-fourth of the eleven million population, were a most neglected and ignored lot.

He said for this the coalition government of Congress and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was directly responsible for their miseries.

He urged the nomadic Gujjar community of both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir to vote against those evil forces who were accountable for their backwardness one way or the other.

Accusing the former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad of not fulfilling the promise for bringing an amendment bill in case of SRO 294, he said the ST/SC communities felt cheated over the issue.

He questioned what had prompted the former coalition government to replace SRO 126 with SRO 294 reducing reservation to SC/ST in state government departments.

He said that reservation for SCs and STs should be granted according to population proportion at State, district and divisional levels.

Mr Altaf demanded restoration of backlog in recruitments and promotions, enhancement of reservation and issuance of caste-based certificates in case of OBCs.

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