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Srinagar, Sep 4 (UNI) Demanding proper representation in the Jammu and Kashmir State Advisory Board for Development of Gujjars and Bakerwals (SABDGB), a joint forum of the community today demanded a high level probe into the alleged diversion and misuse of funds for them.

Joint forum president Haji Shamsher Ali Boke and 15 other Gujjar leaders, who had come from different remote and far off places, told a news conference here that SABDGB has miserably failed to serve the tribal community, for which it was actually set up in the state.

Mr Boken said there was hardly any representation of Gujjars and Bakerwals in the board, which had now turned into another government department.

He said out of 16 staff members, including vice chairman, only two class fourth employees were from Gujjar community Mr Boken alleged that the non-Gujjar board Secretary in ''Gujjar Board'' was a conspiracy against the community, which constituted about 25 per cent of the total population of the state.

He urged the Governor N N Vohra to intervene and give proper representation to Gujjars in the board, who could work for the community.

Demanding high level inquiry into the diversion and misuse of funds, under Gujjar and Bakerwal sub Plan, the leaders alleged alleged that the bureaucratic, biased and communal approach of non-Gujjar board officials has made the tribe to bear intolerable pain.

They alleged that Gujjar officers were victimised by the government in posting in different government departments.

The Gujjar officers were being given less important positions, he said and alleged that officials and officers of the community were not being provided promotional avenues under reservation laws.

Chowdhary Fazal Din Mushtaq, a Gujjar leader, said that the government has sabotaged the constitutional safeguards available to the Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir through the Scheduled Tribe status provided by the Centre way back in 1991.

Another prominent Gujjar leader, Choudhary Mohammad Aslam alleged that all funds meant for the welfare and socio-economic development of the Gujjars were being diverted to other schemes, thus, making a mockery of the constitutional provisions.

UNI BAS GL KN1517

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