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Committed to extend benefits of ST reservation to Pahari, Padari, Koli, Gadda Brahmin this year: Sinha

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LG interacts with 120-member delegation of Pahari Community

STATE TIMES NEWS

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday reiterated the commitment of the Union Territory Administration to ensure that the benefits of Scheduled Tribes (ST) reservation are extended to Pahari, Padari, Koli and Gadda Brahmin this year and they are included in the Tribal plan schemes.
Interacting with the 120-member delegation of Pahari Community, here, the Lt Governor assured that the issues projected by them will be implemented in letter and spirit.
He further asked the community elders to constitute a Samiti of prominent members for seamless coordination with Government Officials on the issues concerning the community.
The prominent Pahari leaders conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for empowering the Pahari community while safeguarding the interest of Gujjar, Bakarwals and other listed tribes.
“We are all brothers and working with aim of nation-building,” the Pahari community members said.
Muzaffar Hussain Baig, former Deputy Chief Minister lauded the Central Government and the UT Administration for fulfilling the long pending demands of the Paharis and other communities.
Rafiq Shah, a Pahari leader said that after 75 year of political and social slavery, Justice has been delivered. He said, today we are feeling empowered and free.
Senior leader Vibodh Gupta said that Gujjar, Bakarwal and Pahari community will work together for the development of J&K. He said Scheduled Tribes Community will play a major role in developmental journey of UT.
Dinesh Sharma lauded the historic decision of the government to grant scheduled tribe status to Paharis, Padari Tribes, Koli and Gadda Brahmin. It has removed the developmental imbalance and strengthened the vision of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas, he said.
This is a dawn of new prosperity of the Pahari community and the bright future of our young generation, Flail Singh said.
Raja Ajaz said the present government under the guidance of Prime Minister and Home Minister has created a conducive atmosphere for the Pahari community and the entire border belt.
Anjum, Pradeep Sharma, Iqbal Malik and Murtaza Khan thanked the UT Administration for working as a bridge between the Pahari community and the Government of India and ensure justice for the community.
Safina Baig, Chairperson, District Development Council Baramulla; senior political leaders, former PRI members, retired government officials, community elders and youth leaders were present during the interaction.

OBC Samaj members call on LG

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday met the delegation of Other Backward Classes (OBC) Samaj, here.
The delegation comprised of political leaders and prominent citizens expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and J&K Administration for reservations in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Panchayats in the UT.
It is for the first time OBCs will have reservations for grassroot democratic representation. Sunil Prajapati, J&K President BJP OBC Morcha; Rash Pal Verma, National Secretary BJP OBC Morcha; Raj Kumar Tarkhan, General Secretary OBC Morcha; Sajad Kumar, General Secretary OBC Morcha from Kulgam; Retd Brig Vijay Sagar Dhiman; Ramesh Kumar, ex-Sarpanch and other members of the community were present during the interaction.
After the meeting, the Lt Governor posted on X:
“Met a delegation of Other Backward Classes today. The delegation thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Jammu and Kashmir Administration for reservation in Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats in the Union Territory.
With this historic decision, for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir, Other Backward Classes will get reservation for democratic representation at the grassroots level and like other states, this community will also get all the benefits.”

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