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Altaf Bukhari urges Govt to order high level probe in Roop Nagar demolition drive
Ch. Zulfikar seeks resettlement of displaced nomad families
Jammu,January 13 (Scoop News)-Apni Party President Syed Mohammed Altaf Bukhari has appealed to the Govt to order a high level probe into the alleged selective demolition drives of Jammu Development Authority against the tribal community.

In a statement issued here, Bukhari said that it was unfortunate to know about the plight of the marginalized nomad families during the harsh winter season whose houses were recently dismantled by JDA in a drive which is being questioned for its selective approach.

“JDA displaced them by demolishing their concrete houses and cattle sheds without prior notices which is injustice and should be investigated. From the last several years, the people of Jammu, especially the marginalized section of society, have accused JDA for its selective approach,” he said.

He said that the allegations against the JDA must be probed by a high level investigation team and Lt Governor Manoj Sinha must monitor the investigation.

“These kinds of acts create a sense of insecurity and mistrust against the Govt. There must be accountability and the displaced persons should be resettled appropriately by adopting a humanitarian approach,” he said.

He said that the Apni Party believes that the rights of the Forest Right Act should be extended to the tribal community/other forest dwellers in actual form on the ground and the poor people should not be made homeless for one reason or another.

“The JDA has become infamous for such drives in Jammu. It appears they do not have a proper development plan for Jammu. If several illegal colonies can be regularized selectively, why can’t the houses of nomads whose ancestors have lived in these places and protected the land much before the existence of JDA,” he said.

He said that “There must be a planned housing as well as regularization policy for the residential colonies without partial approach against anyone. And, everyone should get benefits of these policies. In the past too, they launched similar drives and majority of them turned out to be selective as they were focused on the displacement of tribals.”

“We believe that the Govt must step in immediately and hold the erring officials of JDA responsible for their selective approach as it is dividing the society. The Apni Party will not tolerate such elements and we will fight for the rights of tribals and other marginalized sections of society,” he added.

Meanwhile, he also demanded that the colonies of tribals should be regularized and the poor should not be harassed again in the name of anti-encroachment drives.

As a welfare state, he said, the Govt must act for the welfare of the people and should not put the people in unnecessary hardship which cannot be justified.



Ch. Zulfikar Ali participates in protest dharna at Roop Nagar against JDA’s demolition drive

Seeks resettlement of displaced nomad families
Apni Party Vice President and Former Minister Choudhary Zulfikar Ali today participated in a protest-dharna at Roop Nagar against the demolition of residential houses of the Tribal Community by Jammu Development Authority.

Participating in the protest dharna, he expressed solidarity with the family members and demanded that a detailed investigation must be conducted in the issue leading to the dismantling of the houses at Roop Nagar.

“This probe must be time bound and the erring officials of JDA must be held accountable for the injustice,” he said.

Addressing the protesters said, “The Tribal Community was assured following the abrogation of Art 370 that the rights from which you were deprived previously will be given to you. However, the opposite has happened with this community.”

“An assurance was given to make them equal with other sections of the society. The Forest Rights Act was implemented on the papers, but there is no implementation of the Act on the ground leading to the suffering of the tribal community,” he said.

He extended full support to the tribal community and will do everything to resettle the displaced families. “In this harsh weather condition and covid19 situation, the JDA has displaced women and children with no alternative to live,” he said.

He said that they will raise this issue with the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and seek a high level probe into the issue. We will also seek resettlement of the displaced families, he added.

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