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Thanks PM Modi for reservation in Legislature: 6 Gujjar groups say ‘we are grateful’

Six main organizations of Gujjars and Bakerwals today thanked Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi  for grant of Political Reservation to STs of Jammu and Kashmir 

JAMMU: Six main organizations of Gujjars and Bakerwals today thanked Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi  for grant of Political Reservation to STs of Jammu and Kashmir.

They also welcomed the  ‘Delimitation Commission’s  final notification reserving nine seats for Scheduled Tribes in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly .

In a joint statement Gurjardesh Charitable Trust Jammu, Tribal Research & Cultural Foundation Jammu, Akhil Bhartiya Gurjar Mahasaba Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir Gujjar Bakerwal Joint Forum ,Reasi ,  Gujjar Bakarwal Ithad Council ,Rajouri and Sarimastaan Tribal Gurjar Welfare Foundation Poonch stated that reservation of nine seats including six in Jammu and 03 in Kashmir Division  for tribals (STs) in J-K Assembly is a step that will prove historic towards empowerment of  tribal communities .

The statement reads that though the Gujjars and Bakerwals  were declared ST in 1991 but  it took 31years of wait for the tribes to get political reservation is  granted in 2022 which is a part of their legitimate rights  as STs.

The statement reads the political reservation granted to ST  will empoweres Gujjars and Bakerwals are a major tribal group in Jammu Kashmir  ethnically, socially and Educationally . It will provide a sense pride among the tribes.

The statement further reads we the Gujjars and Bakerwals heartily welcome the gazette notification  issued today reserving J&K Assembly seats of Rajouri, Budhal, Thanamandi, Surankote Mendhar, Gulabghar, Kangan, Gurez and  Kokernag for Tribal communities.

The Delimitation Commission has reserved 9 ACs for STs for the first time  as the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State did not provide for reservation of seats for the Scheduled Tribes in the Legislative Assembly . The commission has granted the reservation under Constitution of India Article 330 and Article 332 in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and  was worked out on the basis of 2011 Census.

 

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