Gujjars, Bakerwals start seasonal tribal migration towards western Himalayas

The Gujjar -Bakerwal nomadic tribes have begun their bi-annual seasonal  tribal migration towards  upper reaches of Shivalik, Pirpanjal and Trikuta Hills of  north western  Himalayas due raise in the daily temperature in plane areas of Jammu region.

The tradition of seasonal Tribal migration is surviving  since centuries and nomadic tribes mainly Gujjar and Bakerwal people migrates to their summer destinations  in  April every year and reaches to their fixed areas after 40 to 45 days of travel said Dr. Javaid Rahi  -Gujjar Scholar while  interacting with tribes in a programme organised by Tribal Research And Cultural Foundation-an organization working on different aspect of Gujjars.

The migratory tribal groups informed Dr. Javaid Rahi that the main migration routes, including Jamiya Gali, Gora Batta, Nanansar, Ropadi Dharhal Pass , Mughal Road and others, were badly damaged due to heavy snowfall and rain during last winter and required immdaite  urgent repairs. Meanwhile , Foundation has impressed upon various institutions  working for tribal development in the State to mobilize resources for providing necessary logistics to migratory tribes like establishment of Mobile Animal Dispensaries, Health Facilities on migration routes.

While interacting with migratory nomads senior functionaries of Tribal Foundation  informed that the matter regarding restoration of  all restricted pasture and Dhoks located near Indo-Pak border and in Ladakh areas of Jammu and Kashmir to Gujjar and Bakerwals was taken with the Defence Ministry .

“We have written a number of letters to Defence Ministry through   Foundation and pleaded to revoke all orders restricting nomads to migrate seasonally in the state especially border Dhoks located in Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ladakh and Kargil areas ” said  the spokesperson of TRCF  and added that we urged for free movement of all migratory communities towards upper reaches who crossed different areas which are under Security forces control’  .

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