|Frame policy for proper functioning of mobile schools, Hakla urges LG|
|Early Times Report|
POONCH, Mar 1: Prominent Gujjar leader and intellectual of J&K, Shamsher Hakla Poonchi said that the Gujjars and Bakarwals of J&K are divided into three tribes settled, half settled and unsettled nomads. The needs and the problems, the language and culture of Gujjar-Bakarwal tribe are quite different from other communities of J&K, that is why this tribe has its own peculiar position and it has its own identity, customs and a unique way of life, he said, adding that Gujjar-Bakarwal tribes are educationally, economically, socially and politically backward.
He said that the many years ago, the government of J&K had opened mobile schools for the children of Gujjar-Bakarwal tribes and those schools had to stay at these places where Gujjar-Bakarwal people resides during the six months of summer season so that these children could get proper education and during winter season, these mobile schools had to move down the plains where Gujjar-Bakarwal tribe resides during winter season.
Hakla said that the people of half-settled and unsettled tribes of Gujjar-Bakarwal are living a life of difficulty and their children are lagging behind in the field of education and do not proceed forward in the field of development along with other sections of society. The benefits of education and other government schemes have not reached them.
Shamsher Hakla Poonchi urged to the Lieutenant Governor to frame strong policy for ensuring the proper functioning of mobile schools in Jammu and Kashmir for half-settled and unsettled nomadic people of Gujjar-Bakarwal tribes.