Govt focusing on upliftment of Gujjar, Bakerwal community: Naeem Akhter

Minister for Education, Naeem Akhter today informed the House that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has constructed temporary shelter-sheds for Gujjar and Bakerwal communities who often suffer losses due to rains, hailstorm during their migration.
Replying to a question by Choudhary Mohammad Akram, the Minister said that the Government has taken steps after learning that the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities face tremendous difficulties while migrating from Poonch, Rajouri, to Kashmir during summer season via Pir Panchal.
As per the Central guidelines, 50 percent allocation under TSP has to be spent on improvement of educational facilities in the State. The State Government has, accordingly, decided that in every Gram Panchayat at least one Secondary School will be taken up for phase-wise upgradation from additional grants under Article 275(1) and TSP with matching grant from J&K Government.
“They (Gujjar and Bakwerals) sometimes suffer losses during the course of their travel due to rains, hailstorm in the absence of proper shelter for their livestock,” said Akhtar. He said that however the Tribal Affairs Department out of its meager resources has constructed temporary sheds for the shelter of the communities and their livestock during their migration.
Pertinently the Government of India has announced a major hike in the fund allocation to Jammu and Kashmir under the TSP. The almost five-fold increase in allocation under TSP to J&K has been made by the Central on the intervention of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the charge of Tribal Affairs Department.
Naeem Akhter also informed the House that Government would take necessary corrective measures to address various issues in the revised Advertisement Policy-2016.
Replying to supplementaries byThe Minister informed the House that there has been a rapid increase in the number of newspapers and publications in the State and it was felt appropriate to revise the benchmarks for considering the newspapers for issuance of Advertisements.

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