Jammu, Feb 16, 2019: In an emergency meeting of the Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust held today, the members strongly condemned the cowardly acts of terrorists and have shown their great resentment and sympathy with the families of the grieved. Two minutes silence was observed and Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust urged the Government to give befitting reply to Pakistan that such acts of terrorism should not be tolerated and appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony.
On the 2nd day of November, a meeting has been held at Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust Jammu under the Chairmanship of Abdul Hamid Choudhary, Vice Chairman of the Trust Ch. Mohammad Hanief Chouhan, General Secretary GDCT Bashir Ahmed Noon, Treasurer Ch. Mohammad Yousuf along with other members of the Trust. Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust condemns the attack against the killings of the prominent BJP leader and state secretary of the party Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar and appeals to the public to stay in harmony. Chairman Abdul Hamid Choudhary while condemning the attack said these kinds of attacks were against humanity and appeals to the government to take proper action against the culprits who are responsible for this inhumane act. Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust further pays their obeisance with the families of the grief and expressed their heartfelt condolences in the meeting.
In an extra ordinary General Body meeting of Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust held today here at Jammu, the members of the Trust unanimously elected Ch. Abdul Hamid, a renowned young entrepreneur and a prominent social worker, as new Chairman of Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust. While as, Ch. Mohammed Hanief Chouhan, a former KAS Officer, who has served the state in various capacities, has been elected as Sr. Vice Chairman, besides Chairman and Sr. Vice Chairman, Mst. Nighat Sultana, (KCS) Judicial, presently working as District & Sessions Judge, has been entrusted the responsibility of Vice-Chairperson. Ch. Bashir Ahmed Noon, serving in a Govt of India undertaking at a higher post and Ch. Mohd. Yousuf Khepar have been assigned the role of General Secretary and Treasurer respectilvely. Ch. Salam-Ud-Din Bajad, belonging to Kashmir valley, a retired Senior Central Govt. Officer, has been given the responsibility of Secretary of the Trust.
Mr. Masud A. Choudhary, Paton-in-Chief of the Trust, Former Addl. Director General of J&K Police and Vice Chancellor of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University presided over the meeting. While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Choudhary lauded the work done by the outgoing team headed by Ch. Ali Hussain Hakla, who have served the society dedicatedly, honestly and took the same to new heights during his tenure of three years. The former Chairmen of the Trust Ch. Bashir Ahmed Bania, Haji Allah Rahim, Master Hashim Ali and Ch. Ahsan Ullah also spoke on the occasion and appreciated the contributions of the outgoing team and expressed the hope that new incumbents will also work with enthusiasm, dedication and make sincere efforts to ensure the future progress of the society in achieving the aims and objectives for the general welfare of the down trodden Gujjar Tribe. Ch. Abdul Hamid and his team assured the General Body of the society that they will leave no stone unturned in achieving the future goals of the society, he added.Besides others Ch. Salam-ud-Din Bajjad ,the newly elected Secretary, expressed his resolve to work dedicatedly for upliftment and empowerment of the down trodden Gujjar community and sought cooperation of all the trustees for this . The others who spoke during the meeting and welcoming the new team included Ch. Shah Mohd. Sr. Advocate, Ch. Sajjad Majeed, Ch. Bashir Ahmed Khatana, Ch. Farooq Alam, Ch. Arshad Ali, Ch. Haroon Rashid, Ch. Mohd. Bashir, Retired Tehsildar, Ch. Shoukat Gujjar and many others.
24 October 2017
One day State level “Gurjar Maha Panchayat’’, first of its kind , was organized by Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust, a premier social organization of two million Gurjars/ Tribals of the State, which is espousing the cause of Tribal Community for social, cultural and educational upliftment for the last twenty five years. The “Maha Panchayat” was attended by Sarpanches, Panches, Social Activists and prominent Gurjar leaders from all over the State.
The function was presided by Ch. Abdul Hamid, newly elected Chairman of Trust as Mr. Masud Choudhary, former Vice Chancellor, GSBS University, Rajouri and Patron-in-Chief of the Trust, was the Chief Guest on the occasion and Ch. Gulzar Ahmed Khatana from Rajouri was the Guest of Honour. The proceedings were conducted by Bashir Ahmed Noon, General Secretary.
The participants in the Maha-Panchayat gave a clarion call to the community to launch a sustained struggle for their long overdue rightful, constitutional, economic, educational and cultural rights. While discussing the problems of the community, the Panchayat unanimously expressed concern over the present scenario in the country in general and in the State in particular, and resolved that the community shall continue to strive and contribute in the maintenance of communal harmony and national integration.
Those who spoke in the Panchayat included Shah Mohd. Choudhary, Advocate, Arshad Ali Choudhary, Master Hashim Ali, Dr. Shoukat Choudhary (MD), Dr. Manzoor Choudhary, BMO, Col. Rashid Choudhary, Ch. Mohd. Lateef, Samba, Akhtar Hussain, Master Mushtaq Khatana, Basharat Hussain, Sardar Khan( Retd.SP) and others.
The Maha-Panchayat was organized in the back drop of deteriorating educational, social, developmental and economical profile of Gurjars and their complete absence from the developmental priorities of the Government. The speakers called upon the present dispensation in the State to give due priority to historical legacy and contemporary concerns of Tribals of the State. While addressing the Maha-Panchayat, the leaders expressed deep concern that the Gurjar community, which is third largest ethnic cultural entity in the State, is unfortunately facing discrimination in all spheres of life.
The speakers strongly condemned the State Government for evicting the Gurjars from the land which they have occupied during Maharajas regime and have been residing therein with their families since long. The Panchayat also expressed its serious concern over the incidents of violence taking place at the instance of anti-social elements, who are bent upon vitiating the peaceful atmosphere during the migration of Tribals from Jammu plains to Himalayan pastures. The Panchayat called upon all political parties including ruling coalition to evolve a consensus for ending unprecedented violence and to ensure safety ther safety and security.
A vision document depicting the future course of action of the Trust was also released on this occasion , which reiterated Trust’s commitment for upliftment and empowering the down-trodden Gurjar community of the state .The future projects include establishment of Women college with a Hostel, a hospital, an advanced center for vocational training and coaching , a developed Museum for preservation of history and rich culture of Gurjars, involving more and more youth in the activities of the trust and to instill sense of community service in them. And establishment of educational institutions in other parts of the state wherever desirable. The Trust sought cooperation for the community in fulfilling long cherished dreams.
In the Panchayat five Resolutions highlighting the various problems confronted by the community and future plan of Trust were presented and the same were approved and adopted by the Panchayat unanimously.
The other prominent persons who attended the aha-Panchayat included Haji Allah Rahim, Basher Ahmed Bania , Ahsan-Ullah Chechi, Mohd. Hanief Chouhan, Mtm. Nighat Sultana (Distt. & Session Judge), Ali Hussain Hakla, Mohd. Yousuf Khepar, Shoukat Javed, Farooq Alam, Sajjad Majeed, Rafiq Kohli, Shoukat Ali Gujjar and others.
24 October 2017
Hon’ble Minister for CAPD and Tribal Affairs Ch. Zulfikar Ali, today laid the foundation stone of the Upgraded Block of MAM Girls Hostel of Brig. Khuda Baksh Memorial Public School, Gujjar Colony Jammu, functioning under the aegis of Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust. The Hon’ble Minister also laid the foundation stone of the Upgraded Block of Library and Research Centre of the Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust at it’s main complex at 48, Gujjar Colony, Bye-Pass Road Jammu.
Speaking on the occasion Ch. Zulfiqar Ali appreciated the efforts of the Trust in promoting the education in the Scheduled tribes especially Gujjars and assured all possible help in promoting the cause of the scheduled tribes of the state.
Later a meeting between the members of the Trust and Hon’ble Minister was held in the trust complex in which the Hon’ble Minister for Tribal Affairs was apprised of the problems being faced by the Gujjar community in general and trust in particular. The Minister gave an patient hearing to the points raised by the Trustees in the meeting and assured them that the Government and his Ministry will go any lengths in helping the cause of empowerment and upliftment of the Scheduled Tribes of the Jammu & Kashmir State, which is its top most priority. The Meeting amongst the others was also attended by top officers of the Tribal department which included Director Tribal Affairs, Secretary Tribal Affairs and other top brass of the concerned Tribal Ministry.
The Trustees who participated in the meeting included Jb. Masud Choudhary, Patron–in-Chief, Ch. Abdul Hamid, Chairman, Mohd. Yousaf Khepar, Treasurer, Ali Hussain Hakla, Shah Mohd. Advo., Shoukat Javed, Farooq Alam, Allah-ud-Din, Sajjad Majeed, Arshad Ali, Mohd. Rafeeq, Shoukat Prvez and others.