Jammu & Kashmir

Gujjar Bakerwal activists oppose Pahari speakers’ demand, decry ‘identity encroachment’

Gujjar Bakerwal students outside their makeshift tent in Kashmir. [File Photo]

Srinagar: The members of Jammu and Kashmir Gujjar Bakerwal Youth Welfare Conference and Gurezi activists on Tuesday opposed the demand of Pahari speaking people to include them in the Scheduled Tribe category.

The activists termed the demands of Pahari speaking people with regard to their inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe category as ‘wrong and baseless’, saying that the government of India must not entertain their demands on the basis of a dialect.

They further said that “it is highly ironic that Pahari speaking people are already enjoying 42% reservation in various categories like RBA, ALC, OSC, OBC, EWS, and PSP.”

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