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Zulfikar Ali

Pledging to carry forward late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s vision towards nomadic people, former minister and PDP Member Legislative Assembly Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali Friday said that new government will “deliver justice” to the deprived community of Gujjar and Bakerwal.

Addressing meeting of Jammu & Kashmir Gujjar Bakerwal Conference at Banquet Hall Jammu, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali said former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had “great vision for changing the situation of nomadic people of this state and the legacy of Mufti will be continued and the vision will be carried forward for fulfilment of the dream of great leader”.

“Tribal Ministry has become big platform to project the demands of the tribal community and the credit of creation of this Ministry goes to late Mufti who was sincere in changing the life style of the Gujjars and Bakerwals,” he said.

He said that Mufti had “pledged” to give tribal ministry during 2014 and creation of this ministry was first decision of government when Mufti took over as Chief Minister 2nd time.

Assuring justice, Zulfkar Ali said that new government will definitely resolve the matter of Forest rights to Gujjars and Bakerwals.

He said that Forest Right Act has already been implemented in whole India except J&K state and “there is a constant demand of nomadic tribal community of this state for implementation of the act in the state”. “Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was very serious about this” and he had constituted a Committee under the chairmanship of then Deputy Chief Minister to look into the matter and give specific recommendations for its implementation, however, imposition of “governor rule become hurdle in the way”.

He assured that Mufti’s dream will be realized and Gujjars “will get justice soon”.


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