J&K Pahari People Movement (JKPPM) executive chairman Shahbaz Khan has said on August 6, 1989, the state cabinet had listed as number one the issue of granting Scheduled Caste status to Pahari community in the list sent to the union government, but even after 25 years nothing has been done in this regard.
He said the Pahari community has intensified its struggle against discrimination meted out to community by successive central and state governments and will launch protest in future also.
JKPPM leaders Vijay Kochar and MA Sagar said former chief minister Farooq Abdullah and former governor KV Krishna Rao had recommended the then union governments to grant ST status for the Pahari community.
A Standing Committee on Labour and Welfare headed by Susheel Kumar Indora in the report submitted in 2002 to the government had mentioned "Pahari community residing alongside Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir have similar background and lifestyle like to Gujjars and bakerwals and they should also be given the same status".
"Despite all these recommendations and reports, both the governments turn deaf ear to this demand that annoyed the community," said Shahbaz Khan. Amjad Ali, JKPPM president, said they will wait for few more months and if some concrete step is not taken, they will decide their future course of action.