BADALTA J&K: J&K Govt’s progressive initiative ensures safe winter migration for tribal families

JAMMU, OCT 18: The Jammu and Kashmir government has taken a commendable step to address the needs of migratory tribal families as winter approaches.

The Tribal Affairs Department, in conjunction with the J&K Road Transport Corporation and the respective District Administrations recently unveiled a plan to facilitate the migration of pastoral tribal families from the Kashmir region to Jammu, ensuring their safe journey during the challenging winter months.

As part of this proactive initiative, the government is providing essential transportation services to tribal families from the higher reaches of Kashmir till the end of November. This decision is driven by the government’s commitment to the welfare of tribal communities and ensuring their well-being during seasonal migrations.

The decision was taken by the Administrative Council, led by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha during a recent meeting. Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta is closely overseeing the implementation of this initiative, and the Finance Department has allocated the necessary budget to support this vital service.

Traditionally, the government dispatches a fleet of trucks to assist the long-range migration of tribal communities through the National Highway-44 and Mughal Road. This year, 150 trucks have been deployed to various districts to ensure a smooth and hassle-free transition for the tribal families. Deputy Commissioners in their respective districts have been entrusted with the responsibility of appointing nodal officers to facilitate the migration process and coordinate associated arrangements.

The decision to provide transport facilities during tribal migration underscores the government’s unwavering commitment to the welfare and safety of these communities.

Deputy Commissioners from the districts of Pulwama, Anantnag, Ramban, Udhampur, Kulgam, Shopian, Poonch, and Rajouri are closely monitoring the migration process. They will work in tandem with the J&K RTC, the Animal/Sheep Husbandry Department, and local authorities to put in place the required arrangements and ensure a successful migration for the tribal families.

In an effort to further aid the tribal families during their migration, the Tribal Research Institute (TRI) of Jammu and Kashmir has been tasked with notifying and publicizing helpline numbers through various media channels, including radio and other forms of communication, to ensure wider circulation and facilitate real-time grievance redressal.

The welfare measures taken by the government are not only aimed at improving the quality of life for Gujjar and Bakerwal families but also at ensuring their full participation in socio-economic development. These measures reflect a commitment to inclusivity, recognizing that the UT’s prosperity can only be truly achieved when all its residents, regardless of their backgrounds, have access to equal opportunities and services. Jammu and Kashmir, a region renowned for its natural beauty and cultural diversity, is also home to various indigenous communities, including the Gujjar and Bakerwal tribes.

These nomadic and semi-nomadic communities have a rich heritage and a distinct way of life, traditionally reliant on livestock rearing and seasonal migrations through the breathtaking landscapes of the region. To address the unique challenges and ensure the well-being of these communities, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has implemented a series of welfare measures.

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