The Gujjar and Bakerwal Scheduled Tribe communities of Jammu and Kashmir today demanded that the grazing lands must not be converted for any purposes in the state. They, while attending a programme organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation held here today, on the Topic ‘ Issues of nomads ‘ -stated that government should come up with a law, immediately, and restrict conversion of grazing land, including its change of title/ ownership of the land in the state.
“Such conversions are adversely affecting tribal migratory nomadic way STs who are
The programme was presided over by noted Gujjar researcher Javaid Rahi while a number of tribal youth and the programme.
Javaid Rahi in his address presidential stated that Gujjars and Bakerwals are main animals rearing communities of the state and lakhs of nomads are solely dependent upon the grazing land. He said “grazing areas, pastoral land and other community resources belonging to a tribe/village / not be converted or an any type .
Such changes can badly affect migratory traditions of Bakerwals, Sippis and of he said. The grazing land must be animal rearing ( Chirai ) should for use, The ”.
, that grazing lands are shrinking fast due its rapid differe
The speakers said after implementation of Roshni Act in J&K in last decade – whereby government o
The speakers urged the state governments to formulate a plan for eviction of illegal/unauthorized occupants of meant for community use.
The speakers said a big chunk lands were given Universities, not consulted and they were thrown out.
The speaker stated that the grazing land was traditionally used by cattle grazer families but in past two decades such areas are converted which is the livelihood of tribes and their animals.
Those who participated in discussion include Ishtiaq Mibah, Mohammad Shrief , Ghulam Ali, Khadam Hussain, Bashier Choudhary others