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JKNPP demands restoration of Dogra certificate
8/20/2019 9:53:35 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Aug 20: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) has demanded restoration of Dogra certificate for the youth of Jammu.
According to press release, expressing concern over the gross neglect of dogra culture, heritage and dogra identity by various govts during the past few years, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister today appealed to the Union Home Ministry to take measures to safeguard the rich dogra traditions and values.
He sought immediate revival of Dogra Certificate to the Dogra youthof Jammu region, a practice which had been disbanded in the recent past. A memorandum in this regard was submitted to Union Home Ministry in New Delhi today which reads as under "May I invite your attention towards the most contemptuous disregard for the sentiments of dogra youth as shown by the erstwhile state govts in J&K by declining them Dogra Certificate, a practice that which was started during Maharaja Hari Singh's rule. The Dogras have all along been issued Dogra certificates on request by them to showcase their distinct identity.
They have an inherent right to be called as Dogras. The said certificate is a symbol of pride for the valiant Dogras who extended the boundaries of state upto China and Tibet and are recognized for their valour, courage and fortitude. This certificate further facilitates the entry of Dogras into Indian armed forces by providing them certain relaxations and concessions due to their special characteristics.
It is unfortunate however that such practice was discontinued during Congress-NC rule with PDP-BJP alliance also refusing to revive the same. The issue was discussed in the erstwhile govt as well but abandoned due to opposition of Kashmir centric leadership.
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