The Gujjar-Bakerwal community, a major scheduled tribe, on Sunday demanded that the number of seats reserved for them in universities and professional colleges in Jammu and Kashmir be increased in tune with their population in the State.
The State government's approval of 10% reservation for them was not in proportion with their population, as they constitute 20% of the total population in the state, said Javaid Rahi, secretary of Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation.
"Despite an approved 10% reservation for STs, government professional colleges, Jammu University and Kashmir University reserved only 6%, 5% and 3%, respectively, for them," Rahi claimed.
In a meeting organised by the frontal organisation of Gujjars, Rahi urged the government to collect data on the implementation of policies, with regard to admissions and appointments to teaching and non-teaching positions in the state's universities and colleges.
Other speakers in the meeting demanded that quota be granted for the community in the admission and recruitment in Mata Vaishno Devi University (MVDU) and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST).
They also demanded that a guidance cell be set up in the state advisory board for the development of Gujjar and Bakerwals that will guide the community's youth in getting admissions and jobs under ST category.
The community members will soon meet Governor N N Vohra, chancellor of MVDU and chief minister Omar Abdullah, chancellor of IUST, with a plea to provide benefits of reservation in these universities, he said.