Gujjars for correct enumerations of tribal population through special census

BK Web Desk/ Srinagar
March 5, 2017 BREAKING NEWS 295 Views
Gujjars for correct enumerations of tribal population through special census

Pleading for   “special census” of  lakhs of Gujjars and Bakerwals including the nomadic and semi-nomadic sect of their tribes which lives in hilly terrains of  Jammu and Kashmir, the community elders while participating in a programme organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, held here today, expressed distress over  exclusion of large chunk of their population  in the last census  , in view of  tribal migration.

The programme was organised to discuss issue related to ‘Census and Tribal Development ‘ which was presided over by noted scholar Dr. Javaid Rahi and attended by a number of people from community including youth and students.

Dr . Javaid Rahi in his presidential address stated that census plays a key role in policy formation which ultimately add to overall development of a tribe or community . He said when the last census held  in 2011 in  the state , a large chunk of tribal community mainly nomads were under migration to upper reaches and they have been reportedly  left out in all the phases of the census. He  made an   appeal to the Union Government for a correct enumerations  of their tribe. He urged  to introduce a new column “Nomadic or Shelter Less Category” in the census Performa.

He said as per census report 2011 the tribal population constitute 11.9 % of the total population of J&K and Gujjars-the main ST group  by and large are not satisfied with the data released by RGI.

The speaker stated that in 2011 when  census  held,  around 6 to 8 lakh nomadic, semi nomadic and shelterless,  Gujjars, Bakerwals have not been  enumerated as there were no arrangements made by government of India,  to transport / send the enumerators to  for flung areas of upper reaches where migratory communities lives in.

They said in J&K nomads  mainly lives in  north western Himalaya and its Pir Panchal, Shavalik and Trikuta Hills ranges . The speakers  suggested that Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India should hold exclusive mapping to list the movement of nomads in Himalayan region for correct enumerations.

“We appeal the Prime Minister of India  to intervene and direct RGI to conduct special census of Gujjar-Bakerwal nomads in J&K and enter them in National Population Register (NPR) under a special and exclusive programme,” they said.

They said with correct enumerations of Gujjars and its entry into Population Register (NPR) will help government to formulate proper schemes for community which is facing a lot of hardships including poverty, illiteracy  and social equality.

Those who also spoke include Nazir Wasal, Farooq Trabi, Javaid Bajad, Khadam Kohli, Shierf Chechi, Barkat dedhadh, Gulzar Bajran, Kallu Gheghi and others.

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