Jammu Tawi, December 30
Enraged over the State government for neglecting the recommendation of according ST status to ‘Kolis’ along with the Pahari speaking people, several Panther Party workers including the members of Koli community spearheaded by Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman JKNPP and Yash Paul Kundal State President Young Panthers held a massive demonstration at Exhibition Ground Jammu today. The Panthers activists raised slogans against the State government for ignoring the said community despite their legitimate claims for inclusion in the said category.
Flaying the State government and BJP in particular for depriving the Kolis of their genuine rights, Harsh Dev Singh described it as yet another venomous doze of discrimination administered to the divested Jammu region. He divulged that while the State cabinet had recommended the grant of ST status to Pahari speaking people in the month of August this year, it blatantly ignored Kolis despite incorporated commitment of State government in the ‘Agenda of Alliance” besides BJP’s tall election promises.
He said that the grant of ST status to Kolis had been recommended by various Deputy Commissioners of J&K State but the much needed decision in respect of the said recommendations was still awaited. He further disclosed that Deputy Commissioner Kathua vide letter no. DCK/LHS/2014-15/1271-75 dated 11.12.2014; Deputy Commissioner Udhampur vide office no. DDCU/CM-Sectt./ 2014-15/1062 dated 30.05.2014; Deputy Commissioner Doda vide office no. 1106/SQ dated 22.10.2014 and Deputy Commissioner Ramban vide office no. DCR/SQ/346-48 dated 29.06.2015. had all recommended the grant of ST status to Koli’s and appealed for early action in respect of the same. Singh adjured the Chief Minister to take notice of the genuine grievance of the Koli community and sought initiation of appropriate steps for inclusion of the said class in ST category.