R. S. Pathania, MLA Ramnagar, while making a fervent appeal for intervention to the Union government as well as State government has sought immediate inclusion of ‘Kolis in ST category. Whereas, Sippis and Kolis are one caste with identical living, culture, clothing, language, customs and nature of livelihood. And it is disheartening to witness that Gaddis and Sippis enjoy ST status whereas ‘Kolis’ have been kept debarred from it till now.
Pathania also demanded re-start of pre-matric scholarship under ST category for Gaddi and Sippi tribes, establishment of hostels for the students of Gaddi and Sippi tribes at Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Chenani, Doda, Ramban, Bhaderwah, Bani, Kathua and Ram Nagar, one percent reservation in seats for all professional collages of state for the Gaddi and Sippi students. He also supported the popular demand of the community for enlisting of Gaddi Language in sixth schedule to the Constitution of J&K. He also called for immediate construction of S/T Hostels at Basantgarh and Majalta. He also pooh-poohed ‘euphemism’ and show-business of a few vested interests who have enjoyed power for 18 long years and kept silent. And now that once they have been overthrown by a massive public mandate have suddenly started playing to the gallery and selling false and catch slogans. The public of Jammu is wise enough to believe their empty rhetoric.