In a press note issued in Jammu, the Sabha alleged that these communities were granted ST status in 1991, but are deprived of their constitutional rights till date.
    
President of the Sabha Eshfaq-ur-Rehman Poswal alleged that the funds meant for the betterment of these communities are being misutilized, which is resulting into the backwardness of the section.
    
He demanded that a separate Tribal Affairs Ministry should be created in the state for proper utilization of funds.
    
Poswal said that the Sabha had written letters to the Prime Minister, President and Chief Election Commissioner in this regard. He also questioned the relevance and use of Article 370.

"Is it meant for betterment of people or depriving them of their rights," he questioned.

(Agencies)

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