NEW DELHI: Minister for Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Friday suggested creation of a Gujjar regiment in the Indian Army and special recruitment of Gujjar youth in central security forces during a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh here.
The J&K government spokesperson said that Zulfkar told the Home Minister that Gujjar youths were mostly residing in hilly and border areas and were suitable for being recruited in the army for the courage they have displayed in J&K.
He also suggested a special recruitment drive for tribals in central security forces to tackle the unemployment problem among tribal youth.
The spokesperson said that the tribal affairs minister discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to Jammu & Kashmir with Rajnath Singh.
Demanding inclusion of Gojri language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India, Zulfkar told Singh that the J&K government recommended this to the Government of India in 2012.
Zulfkkar said that among the tribal population of 14,93,299 in J&K, most people spoke Gojri.
The minister said that the Gujjar Bakerwal people are still educationally and economically backward but have a rich cultural heritage which needs to be preserved. “Inclusion of Gojri in the 8th Schedule is a long-pending demand and we hope the Centre will fulfil the same now,” he said.
Demanding development of tribal areas under Sadbhavana scheme, the minister brought to the notice of the Home Minister that though the Government of Jammu & Kashmir had taken various initiatives for the uplift of Scheduled Tribe community in the state, yet due to limited resources the desired results have not been achieved. He demanded development of tribal areas under Sadbhavana scheme by providing facilities like drinking water, community bathrooms, community halls, and solar lights.
He requested for funds under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP) for construction of roads and other facilities in the hilly areas.
Rajnath Singh listened patiently to every demand of the minister and assured him all possible help from Government of India.