NPP holds protest, seeks ST status for 'Kolis' -
NPP holds protest, seeks ST status for 'Kolis'
Posted 30 Dec 2016 04:00 PM

JAMMU: Enraged over the State government for neglecting the recommendation of according ST status to ‘Kolis' along with the Pahari speaking people, scores of Panther Party workers including the members of Koli community spearheaded by Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and Yash Paul Kundal State President Young Panthers held a massive demonstration at Exhibition Ground Jammu today. The Panthers activists raised slogans against the BJP and the State govt. for ignoring the said community despite their legitimate claims for inclusion in the said category. Flaying the State government and BJP in particular for depriving the Kolis of their genuine rights, Harsh Dev Singh described it as yet another venomous doze of discrimination administered to the divested Jammu region. He divulged that while the State cabinet had recommended the grant of ST status to Pahari speaking people in the month of August this year, it blatantly ignored Kolis despite incorporated commitment of State government in the ‘Agenda of Alliance" besides BJP's tall election promises. He regretted that even the communiqués of the Union Govt. and PMO Office on the subject were ignored by the state govt. for unknown reasons. He deplored that Koli community which inhabited the far flung areas of District Kathua, District Udhampur, District Doda and District Ramban qualified for ST status in view of their cultural distinctiveness Copied from jammu links news and vulnerable socio-economic conditions were made to suffer miserably. He however regretted that not a single BJP MLA of the said area promoted their cause in the Assembly or outside and the Ministers from Jammu region were mute spectators when the State cabinet ignored the Koli community from ST status in its deliberations. Reiterating the demand of Koli's for inclusion in ST category, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh stated that Koli and Sippis belong to the same family having same culture, occupation, language, economic and social status and residing in hilly area having negligible land owner ship and are dependent upon rearing of animals. He flayed the non chalant attitude of the concerned authorities towards the tribal community. He said that while the grant of ST status to Gaddis, Sippis earlier and now to ‘Paharies' was praiseworthy but the inadvertent omission of Koli's who belonged to marginalized communities needed to be rectified. He said that the grant of ST status to Kolis had been recommended by various Deputy Commissioners of J&K State but the much needed decision in respect of the said recommendations was still awaited. He further disclosed that Deputy Commissioner Kathua vide letter no. DCK/LHS/2014-15/1271-75 dated 11.12.2014; Deputy Commissioner Udhampur vide office no. DDCU/CM-Sectt./ 2014-15/1062 dated 30.05.2014; Deputy Commissioner Doda vide office no. 1106/SQ dated 22.10.2014 and Deputy Commissioner Ramban vide office no. DCR/SQ/346-48 dated 29.06.2015 had all recommended the grant of ST status to Koli's and appealed for early action in respect of the same. Singh adjured the Chief Minister to take notice of the genuine grievance of the Koli community and sought initiation of appropriate steps for inclusion of the said class in ST category. Yash Paul Kundal vowed that JKNPP shall not relent until the poor, downtrodden and deprived sections of society were bestowed with their rights. He sought immediate settlement of the issue of Koli community failing which Panthers Party would intensify its stir for their legitimate rights. Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Rajesh Padgotra, Partap Singh, Nirmal Kishore, Purshotam Parihar, Udhayveer, Khajoor Singh, Narinder Sharma, Satvir, Ajeet Sharma, Rajinder Singh, Karnail Singh, Satpal, Romesh Verma, Hukam Chand, Madan Lal, Vishal Kumar, Yog Raj, Jagdish Chander, Ganesh Dass besides others.

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