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JAMMU: In view of bi-annual seasonal migration of nomads to upper reaches of Shivalik, Pirpanjal and Trikuta Hills located in   north western  Himalayas- the Gujjars nomadic tribe today demanded a special advisory for law enforcement agencies to help them to cross various areas and routes they adopted since centuries. A handout by the Tribal Research And Cultural Foundation, an organisation working for the Gujjars, has impressed upon various organisations working for tribal in the State to mobilise resources for providing necessary logistics to migratory tribes.

The migratory families met with noted Gujjar researcher Dr. Javaid Rahi and  said that the main migration routes, including Jamiya Gali, Gora Batta, Nanansar, Ropadi Dharhal Pass , Mughal Road and others, were badly damaged due to heavy snowfall last winter and were in need of urgent repairs . Accordingly , Dr. Rahi  appealed to the relevant agencies to undertake early repairs to these traditional routes. “Due to sudden raised in daily temperature they started their journey toward hilly areas. In some areas the migration also delayed due ongoing election  in Jammu and Kashmir” he said .

While interacting with migratory nomads, Dr. Rahi  informed that the matter regarding restoration of  all restricted pasture and dhoks located near Indo-Pak border and in Ladakh areas of Jammu and Kashmir to Gujjar and Bakerwals was taken with the local district magistrates, he said . “We have written a number of letters to DMs  through  Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation and  pleaded to revoke all orders restricting nomads to migrate seasonally in the state” said a senior functionary  urged for free movement of all migratory communities to the areas belongs to them since centuries’  .It said all such order needs immediate revocation as the Gujjars and Bakerwals suffered a great loss to their lifestyle, economy and tribal culture.” said TRCF’s letters addressed to DMs.

“Due to restriction in Tribal movement in several areas the Gujjars–Bakerwals are facing extreme adversities, toughest lifestyle, lack economic freedom owing to deficiency of resources so they (Tribal) deserve special attentions of state and Central governments,” the letter reads. The Gujjars constituted more than 20 per cent population of the State and a sizeable population of the tribe, along with their livestock, undertake migration.

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