Coming down heavily on the Public Service Commission (PSC) for its “unfair and biased’’ approach in the selections under Scheduled Tribe category the members of Gujjars and Bakerwals tribes today appealed their community to unite for a joint struggle against unjust approach by the commission against the candidates of their tribe.
In this context , the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation organised a programme here to protest against open discrimination and unequal treatment being meted out by the Commission against Gujjars & Bakerwal candidates.
The community elders while speaking in the programme alleged that their tribe had been pushed to wall in selections made by the Commission under scheduled tribe category in last two years. They alleged that though their tribe constitute more than 80% of tribal population (STs) but they have been ignored and discriminated openly and marginalised by giving less than 20% share in ST quota selections.
They said that highly biased nature of selections under ST category had shaken the faith of the educated tribal youth of the state in the PSC. They said that the research conducted by the Foundation in the respective select lists revealed that a peanuts share was being given to Gujjars under ST recruitments as compared to other tribes which was in the obnoxious average ratio of around 20:80.
They cautioned the State Public Service Commission to desist from such bias in selections and the harassment of the unemployed “has caused a strong resentment among the Jammu youth which could explode anytime and take an ugly turn.’’
They termed this treatment by PSC with the Gujjar tribe condidates as unjust and discriminatory . They appealed Governor and Chief Minister to intervene in the matter.
They said that PSC should maintain a balance between various tribes that fall under Schedule Tribe category and threatened strike if the recruitment agency fails to shun their unfair approach toward Gujjars.
Quoting examples from a recruitment of Asistant Professors, it said that only 196 candidates were recruited in last few months under ST category . But among them only 39 belongs to Gujjars and Bakerwal tribes as rest seats goes in favour of other tribes which together constitute 20% of total population of tribes as against Gujjars which are 80% among STs. They said the community feels discriminated in all the recruitments of PSC .
The speakers included Mohammad Anwar, Ali Mohammad Chowdahry, Ch. Din Mohd , Khadam Hussain Tedwa, Rana Mir Mohd Gujjar, Mohd Rizwan and others.