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Gujjars welcome Governor directive on re-rehabilition of nomadic tribes

Jammu, February 25 (Scoop News)-J&K Gujjars today welcomed the Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra’s directive to Chief Secretary to prepare a draft plan to re-locate and re-rehabilitate nomadic tribes who move from place to place in the state.

The Statement was issued by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation after the a team of community leaders returned after visting the effected families of Sarore -Samba where one tribal was killed a few days back. The team lead by Dr. Javaid Rahi, Secretary TRCF met high officials here and demanded government job for the family member of the person who was killed in Police firing.

The community leaders also hailed J&K Governor’s initiative on rehabilitation of migratory tribes. They demanded that the nomads should be rehabilitated by adoption of national model by extension of Forest Rights Act-2006 and National Conservation Act, 1980 to develop ‘Forest Villages for the Tribal and Nomadic groups' of Jammu and Kashmir State.

They said the Act-2006, if extended to Jammu and Kashmir, will give nomads the "title rights" of land being cultivated by tribal or forest-dwellers subject to a maximum of four hectares and "use rights" to minor forest produce.
"Currently nomadic tribes of the state have no rights on the forest lands as no identical law is in force... All other states of the country have implemented the Forest Rights Act," thy said.

“They said the 1980 law was launched in all states of India expect J&K during the 10th Plan for the integrated development of thousands of forest villages originally identified with about 22.5 lakh tribal families from all over the country which were rehabilitated. The data said Rs.65379.04 lakh were released to 12 state for the purpose and no money was released to J&K as act was not adopted by the state, he quoted.

They said that presently 2,474 forest villages, habitations exists in 12 States of India included 893 in Madhya Pardesh, Assam 499, Chattisghar 425, Gujarat 199, Jharkhand 24, Meghalaya 23, Mizoram 85, Orissa 20, Taripura 62, Utterakhand 61, Utter Pardesh 13, West Bengal 170 wherein tribal were rehabilitated but no such village exist in J&K.

They said the Gujjars and Bakerwals constitute 20 per cent of total population of the state and a sizeable chunk among them was landless and deserves dwelling rights on forest land which they have been using as traditional inhabitants for centuries.

Those who spoke included Dr. Javaid Rahi, Secretary TRCF , Ch. Jamsheed Jazab, Mushtaq Banya, Aziz Hassan, Abdul Rashid Jangal, Arif Dhedadh, Dr. Shabir Kassana, Dilnawaz Hussain Chowdhary and others.
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