STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Former Deputy Chief Minister Kavider Gupta on Wednesday said that the Valmiki Samaj got a big relief after 62 years with the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A while struggling for grant of citizenship rights. Interacting with a deputation of Civic Safai Karamchari Union led by its State President Rinku Gill, the former Deputy Chief Minister said that a day has come when a large population of Valmiki Samaj got a big relief. He said that 62 years is a long period and two generations of this Samaj has perished while struggling for citizenship rights but the successive government did not pay any heed. Gupta said that the abrogation of Article 370 will now clear decks for treating these people as State Subjects and they too will lead dignified lives with their family members getting all the benefits enjoyed by other citizens. Gupta said that Article 370 harmed the State and its people for decades and its abrogation has brought smile on the faces and joy in the lives of people, barring a few, who had been misleading the people of the State and running their big business houses while a common citizen was suffering. “The BJP has all along struggled for grant of citizenship rights to Valmiki Samaj and finally very positive development has taken place,” Kavinder said and added that Safai Karmchari of Valmiki Samaj were brought into J&K from Amritsar and Gurdaspur on the assurance of grant of PRC Status by the then government in 1957 but later nothing was done in this regard. The State Subjects were provided to a few families in 1957 only and thereafter no one was treated as J&K Citizen. The young generation of this community is worst hit and now they too will be benefitted, Kavinder added. The delegation comprised of General Secretary Kulvinder, Razak, Bhatti, Vicky Lawrance, Halley Sohotra, Pooja, Balbir, Salim, Gulshan, Meenu and Polla.
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