Paharis to get 3% reservation soon: Sajad Lone

The Minister assured the legislator that the issues raised by him would be addressed soon.

Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 16 2018 1:35AM | Updated Date: Jan 16 2018 1:45AM
Paharis to get 3% reservation soon: Sajad LoneGK Photo

Minister for Social Welfare Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday  said that that Jammu & Kashmir State Commission for backward classes has already recommended 3% reservation to Paharis and it would be granted soon. 

During the proceedings of the upper house of state legislature issue related to the reservation to the Pahari speaking community was taken up during question hour. The matter was raised by BJP senior leader and MLC Vibodh Gupta wherein he very strongly advocated the reservation for the Pahari speaking community of the state. He also raised various issues related to basic facilities to the students of Pahari hostels. 

The Minister assured the legislator that the issues raised by him would be addressed soon.

Regarding granting of ST status to the Paharis of Thanamandi, Dharal, Rajouri, Poonch, Uri and Karnah, the Minister informed the house that after seeking approval of the state cabinet, the proposal for grant of ST status to Pahari speaking people has been referred to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. “This matter is under active consideration of the ministry and is also being vigorously followed by the state government. Moreover, as a followup, the state has also taken up this matter with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India for consideration. The state has already submitted the report of the expert committee on the socio-economic status of Pahari speaking people to GoI. This will further help in the early grant of ST status to the Paharis,” the Minister said.

On Vibodh’s question related to a Pahari hostel at Nowshera and Shopian, the projects for which were formulated in 2015, the house was informed this matter will also be looked into in near future. Regarding the question related to basic facilities to the Pahari students, the house was informed that steps are being taken to streamline this and to ensure the timely delivery of necessary clothing items to the students. When many legislators raised this issue, then the minister informed that he is proposing a legislators committee which will look into such matters of Pahari as well as other similar hostels for other communities as well.


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