Extend ‘Tribal livelihood programme’ to J&K: Gujjars

Newspoint Bureau

Jammu Tawi, January 1

Demanding immediate extension of  newly launched centrally  sponsored  scheme  ‘Tribal livelihood programme’  to Jammu and Kashmir – the Gujjars -a main scheduled tribe  community today pleaded that  a broad based policy is required to strengthen the  living stranded of nomadic tribes through such initiatives. They said the programme if implemented here  can prove a positive potential to  achieve  greater financial autonomy for tribes of the state. The demand was raised in a programme organised by ‘Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation’ here today aimed to discuss the issue related to tribal economy. Noted tribal researcher Dr. Javaid Rahi  presided over the event while tribal dignitaries participated in the programme. Dr. Javaid Rahi in his address stated that if ‘Tribal livelihood programme’   extended to Jammu and Kashmir it will not only helped to boost the tribal economy of  nomads but  it can also bridge gaps in schemes  and to promote entrepreneurship among tribal communities . He said that a detailed memorandum on behalf of Gujjars of J&K was sent to  Prime Minister of India Nareendra Modi   urging him to intervene and include J&K states in the list like Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Telengana which were chosen by  the  Centre under tribal ministry  to National Resource Centre for Tribal Livelihood, ‘Vanjeevan ‘ programme  launched. He said  if J&K will get included in the list of states  where this scheme was  launched in 1st phase  – it can cater to development and promotion of livelihood avenues in areas like farm, non-farm, forest-based allied sectors through entrepreneurship and skill development.

He said due to fall of tribal economy , the nomadic tribal people are presently shifting to other  occupations -from cattle raring to unskilled labour-. This scheme   was especially designed and launched to put stop on such practises. The programme will focus on the identification of local resources, keeping in view the existing skill level.

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