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One day ‘Pahari Tribe Convention’ held at Kalakote; Demand of due ST status picks momentum

Tribal Leader Birsa Munda remembered

Jammu, November 15, 2021: A one day Pahari Tribe convention WAS held at Kalakote sub division headquarter in Rajouri district today
Several noted Pahari leaders and prominent personalities and in large members of Pahari tribe took part in this convention. Convention was dedicated to Tribal leader Birsa Munda on whose birthday National Tribal day is observed.
Speakers on this occasion deliberated upon their demand for Scheduled Tribe status and said that their genuine demand has unfortunately been ignored since decades and Pahari tribe is still waiting to get its genuine right of ST status.
They said that Paharis constitute a tribe and live in hilly, tough terrain of border area and also are part of seasonal migration every year and fulfills all prerequisite to be given Schedule Tribe status.
The speakers hailed the concern shown by Government of India in recent times which clearly indicate that Pahari is set to get their basic right of Schedule Tribe status.
Interacting during the proceedings the members of the ethnicity in one voice raised concerns of their down trodden condition and appealed GOI to furnish their due long pending demand of ST status.
The speakers also pointed that this time centre is lead by a government having complete majority and a PM with firm  conviction who can address this genuine demand of much deprived tribe.
From time to time different committees and expert panels declared Pahari tribe as the downtrodden ethnicity. Pertinent to mention since 1993 every Governor and Chief Minister of J&K has recommended due ST status to Pahari tribe. Recently in a rally at Jammu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured to deliver justice with the much deprived Pahari tribe.
DDC member from Darhal Iqbal Malik remained as the Chief Guest, former AAG Ashan Mirza acted as the Guest of Honour, Prominent Public figure from Kalakote Th. Randhir Singh was special guest while Senior Citizen Rashpal Malla presided over the function.
The programme was successfully conducted by National Acknowledged freelancer activist Vikrant Sharma.
Those prominent who spoke includes Sajjad Mirza, Ayub Pehalwan, Adv. Haqnawaz Mirza, Shakti Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Pervaiz Khan, Nikhil Gupta, Surinder Sharma, Muneer Mirza, Adv. Vinod Sharma, Rajesh Khajuria, Sardari Lal Sharma, Th. Gandherb Singh, Tilak Raj Sharma, Sunil Sharma, Vinod Sharma, Th. Jameel Singh, Naresh Sharma and Mohan Lal Sharma.

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