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.