J&K: Scheme to erad­i­cate poverty among no­madic tribes de­manded

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JAMMU: The Tribal Re­search and Cul­tural Foun­da­tion (TRCF), an or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing the Gu­j­jar com­mu­nity, urged the Jammu and Kash­mir ad­min­is­tra­tion on Sun­day to for­mu­late a com­pact pro­gramme to erad­i­cate poverty among no­madic tribes.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also sought in­clu­sion of the no­madic pop­u­la­tion in the blow-poverty line (BPL) list and de­manded food se­cu­rity for them.

“Gu­j­jar and Bak­er­wal com­mu­ni­ties be­ing no­mads are not prop­erly aware of the schemes be­ing launched by state and cen­tral gov­ern­ments to up­lift them so­cially, eco­nom­i­cally, ed­u­ca­tion­ally and cul­tur­ally un­der Sched­uled Tribe cat­e­gory.

“Poverty is grow­ing rapidly among no­madic tribes as they are re­lin­quish­ing their no­madic

life and opt­ing for un­skilled

labour and poverty erad­i­ca­tion pro­grammes are re­quired for them im­me­di­ately,” TRCF founder Javaid Rahi said at a func­tion here.

The TRCF leader said lakhs of mem­bers of no­madic tribes, mainly Gu­j­jar, Bak­er­wal, Gadii, Sippi and Changpa, mi­grate along with their cat­tle to up­per reaches an­nu­ally and are not avail­able at one place like other com­mu­ni­ties to take ra­tion and other ben­e­fits.

“Due to their wan­der­ing way of life, the tribes not only face food scarcity but also come across acute short­age of ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties, ab­so­lute il­lit­er­acy and lack of health fa­cil­i­ties,” he said, de­mand­ing an in­no­va­tive scheme for no­mads be de­signed keep­ing in view their life­style for their over­all devel­op­ment. A con­tainer on its way to Mum­bai from Uran JNPT struck on a fly­over near NMMC Head­quar­ters at CBD Be­la­pur Fly­over, in Navi Mum­bai, Sun­day

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