Several delegations call on union minister;`Protect jobs, safeguard land rights’
21: For the first time since abrogation
of Article 370, people directly petitioned union ministers demanding protection
of jobs, safeguarding land rights and ending bloodshed.
delegations called on Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
during Centre’s reach out programme at Fakir Gujri on Tuesday.
which met the union minister, include Jammu and Kashmir Gujjar, Bakarwal Youth
Conference, Gujjar Tribal Council, National Youth Corps, Block Contractors,
Panch, Sarpanchs, Block Development Council members and local representatives
of the area.
Naqvi was flanked
by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioner
Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary and workers of BJP during public outreach
“We appealed him
(Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi) that people of Jammu and Kashmir should have rights on
jobs and land. We also highlighted the
problems faced by Gujjar and Bakarwal community. He gave a patient hearing and
assured that Centre will take concrete steps for the betterment of people,”
said Farooq Chaudhary, vice president, Jammu and Kashmir Gujjar, Bakarwal Youth
Farooq noted that
they also urged the minister to implement Forest Conservation Act in Jammu and
and BDCs raised their concern with regard to the functioning of grassroots
democracy in the Union Territory. “We discussed empowerment of grassroots
democracy and enhancement in our wages.
We put forth our viewpoint before the union minister,” a member
Panchayat and BDC delegation, said.
Conference provincal president Chaudhary Mustafa Rahi said his delegation told
the union minister to take steps for the betterment of Gujjar community. “We will now see how Centre will go about,”
one of the locals who had come to meet union minister, said both countries need
to end bloodshed in Kashmir.
“Schemes and huge
fund distribution won’t do anything till there is an end to bloodshed is. It is
not just development but wounds of people that require to be healed first,” he
Union minister, G
Kishan Reddy is likely to visit mini-secretariat Ganderbal where he will spoke
to multiple delegation. On January 23,
union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and G Kishan Reddy will visit Baramulla and
Manigam respectively. The first phase of reach-out will end on January 24 when
union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will visit Srinagar city center to