Dard-Shina descendants in Kangan demand ST Status

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Descendants of the Dard-Shina community, residing in Tehsil Kangan of Ganderbal are demanding reservation benefits under ST category as enjoyed by the fellows who are putting up at the other areas of the state.

The community members complained that the Dard-Shina residents in Kangan Tehsil of District Ganderbal are being denied benefits admissible to the Scheduled Tribes.

“More than four thousand families of Dard-Shina Tribe are residing in Kangan since 1975. Whole population of Sarbal Village belongs to Dard-Shin community who had migrated before the partition took place. Villages like Prang ,Akhal, Gonchi Mohalla, Check, Nela Nejwan, Tang chatar , Hayan, Kulan, Wussan, Mamar, Sarbal, Sonamarg falling within the jurisdiction of Tehsil Kangan has the occupants from Dard-Shin community and are being denied the benefits while as the community members putting up at other places like Natipora, Kralpora Bandipora, Gurez, Tulail, Moujigund, Drass, Rajouri, Chandarkot in Jammu are availing the benefits with ease” they said.

 Community members complained that High Court, J&K has clearly instructed Tehsildar Kangan for issuance of STCertificate and providing the due benefits admissible under reservation rules, but unfortunately the orders issued by the High Court are being completely ignored by the government officials.

One of the community members Abdul Rehman said that the indifferent attitude of the government officials has demoralized the entire clan at Kangan. “It has stunted our progress and development” he said.

“We also pleaded before Chief Minister however nothing substantial happened” said Ghulam Mohammad, a community member from Kangan.”The court case bearing OWP 448 of 2002 read with C.M.P No 74202 was also decided in our favour on September 21,2005, besides the Social Welfare Department issued a circular in this regard. But when the members of the Community applied for the beneficiary certificate before the officials in Kangan, they were turned back and later the community again approached the Honorable High Court of J&K to seek remedy for their grievances and subsequently on May 12, 2010 under case no 3065/13/05/05/2010, court again decided in our favour” he added

 Juma Lone of Sarbal belonging to the same community said that “We have visited every government office and from last two years, the district administration is playing hide and seek with us”.

Community members want that their problems be redressed on the immediate basis otherwise they will be forced to come out on roads.

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