NC Advocates for ST Status for Pahari Speakers Without Endangering Others: Pahari Leaders
posted on 24 Feb 2022 | Author RK News
Jammu, February 23: Affirming that the National Conference strongly advocated for the granting of Scheduled Tribe status to Pahari speakers without disrupting the reservation already granted to other communities, the Pahari leaders of the party on Wednesday recalled the recommendation made to the Center in this regard by the vice president of the NC. Omar Abdullah in his capacity as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in April 2014.
In a joint statement, issued by Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan, the Pahari leaders said that the National Conference has been the guardian of the interests of all segments of society and it is in this context that five percent reserve in the vocational and technical fields of the colleges had been granted by the government led by Omar Abdullah to students belonging to the Pahari-speaking communities.
The Pahari leaders also recalled the assurance given by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at her public meeting at Rajouri in March 1983 that if recommended by the state government, the Center would grant ST status to these communities .
They said that the then state government headed by Dr. Farooq Abdullah sent a strong recommendation for granting ST status to Pahari speakers as well as Gujjars and Bakerwals of Jammu -and-Kashmir. Subsequently, the issue was raised by Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah in their capacities as Chief Ministers with successive Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi, Vice President Singh, ChanderShekhar, IK Gujral, DeveGowda, PV Narsimha Rao, AtalBihari Vajpayee and Dr Manmohan Singh, they said. adding that the issue has also been addressed with the current exemption.
The leaders said the National Conference will see to it that the interests of any community are harmed and it was with this intention that the recommendation was made for the granting of ST status to people who speak Pahari in a way that does not does not conflict with the interests of other segments of society already classified in the reserved categories of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.