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Chamba will soon be having Gujjar Hostel as announced by Chief Minister, Shri Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the 19th meeting of Gujjar Kalyan Board held here today.

The Chief Minister said that it would be only after the proposals from the Gujjar community that the Government could consider constructing Gujjar Bhawans in other few districts as desired by them and that too after going through the surveys.

Stressing the need for educating the children of Gujjar Community, the Chief Minister said that he wants all the children, whether boys or girls, of the community to be well educated so that besides carrying on their traditional avocation they should pay heed to studies so as to get ample opportunities of employment and self-employment in today’s competitive world. He directed the officers of the education department to open schools even in far flung areas and remote areas of the State irrespective of the strength of the children. “There may be geological constraints or there may be topographical hindrances which may restrict the children and the tiny tots traversing to schools located at distance apart in inaccessible areas” he said, adding that possibilities should be explored to open schools for children near to their homes irrespective of the requisite strength.

The Chief Minster announced opening of a Primary school in village Chadasa in Khundel Gram Panchayat of Mehla Block in district Chamba and  up-gradation of Government Middle School Gopalpur in district Kangra to high school. The Chief Minister also inquired about the functioning of Mobile Schools which were opened for the children of the Gaddi and Gujjar communities in the State.

While communicating with the representatives of the Community over the hurdles they were facing in certain parts of the State for obtaining the Scheduled Tribe certificates from the revenue authorities, the Chief Minister directed all the Deputy Commissioners present in the meeting that all the revenue officers working under them should be given clear guidelines in this direction. He said that the community should not face any problem while obtaining the certificates or renewing the same irrespective of their being Hindu Gujjar or Muslim Gujjars.

Heeding to the demand of the community regarding the maintenance of their graveyards, the Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioners to identify the land for graveyard or burial grounds as the present burial spaces were not proving enough for the purpose. He also directed to remove the boulders from the grave yards at Kudtha in Sahu in Chamba and sought the report of the action taken within a month.

The Chief Minster also assured to sympathetically look into the issue of old age pension to those from the community who were above 80 years of age and have no exact age proof.

“I want to see every household of the community to be lighted and provided electricity connections till 18th February, 2015 besides they apply for it and complete the codal formalities” said the Chief Minister, adding that the low voltage problem in Gujjar Basti Kanfara in Naina Devi will soon be solved as the department was already working for making the line double-phase within two weeks or so.

Regarding opening of bank branch in Gram Panchayat Palhori in Paonta Sahib, the Chief Minister assured that the matter could be taken up in the bankers meeting for opening branch of any nationalized bank in the area and also the setting up of ATMs could be considered wherever necessary as per the location and strength of the Gujjar population in that region.

The Chief Minister also asked the forests officials to look into the matter of incursion of grazing lands by Gujjars from Jammu and Kashmir on the near Pong Dam in Kangra where the Himachali Gujjars have grazing permits so that the grazing rights of the community could be protected.

The Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioners to undertake all the minor works as construction of mule and Pucca paths, footbridges, boundary walls. ‘Khuls’, check-dams, crate walls, community halls, etc in Gujjar inhabited community programmes including MNREGA.

Regarding waiving off the loans taken by the Community from the Banks, the Chief Minister said that banks earlier had waived off the loans of the farmers and other to the tune of rupees 335 crore but still if any eligible person from the community whose loan was still standing and not waived off as yet, the issue could be taken up with the bankers.

Responding to a demand of providing water to the Gujjar Habitations in Naurangabad in Dhaulakuan in Sirmaur District, direction was issued to take necessary action within a fortnight positively.  He also directed to fill up the posts of teachers in Government high school Dohru in Bilaspur and also assured of providing rupees one lakh for play ground of Sakroha Middle School in district Mandi which he said had already been sanctioned. The Chief Minister also assured of considering upgrading PHC Gopalpur in Kangra. It was also decided to provide timber to those whose houses were damaged due to natural calamity this year.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dr. Col. Dhani Ram Shandil, Chief Secretary Shri P. Mitra, Additional Chief Secretaries Shri. V.C.Pharka,  Shri Vineet Chaudhary, Smt. Upma Chaudhary, Shri Tarun Shridhar. Shri Narinder Chauhan, Shri P.C. Dhiman, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, all Deputy Commissioners, all senior officers of the State Government were also present on the occasion amongst non official members of the Gujjar Kalyan Board.

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