Jammu: The BJP on Monday said it has constituted a national level committee to study constitutional rights and welfare schemes for tribals.
"The BJP at the national level has constituted a committee to study constitutional rights and welfare schemes for tribals of Jammu and Kashmir," Member of Parliament and BJP ST Morcha National President Fagan Singh Kulastrey told reporters here on Monday.
Kulastrey, who interacted with members of the Scheduled Tribe Community, including Gujjars and Bakerwals, at the party headquarters here, said that it is indeed unfortunate that the tribals of this border state suffer enormous deprivations and are leading miserable lives.
"No one is concerned about the need to provide these people with elementary facilities like potable water, electricity, some form of primitive medical facilities, what to talk of other modern amenities", he said.
The welfare schemes launched by the Union and State government from time to time do not reach the genuine people as middle men loot them en-route, he said.
The BJP accused the state government of not using funds properly.
"The state government has failed to provide and use funds equally in all the regions," National Executive Member Nirmal Singh said during a meeting at Samba district's border villages of Mangari and Chachwal.
He said people are facing hardships in border areas due to lack of basis infrastructure facilities like good education, health and sanitation.
He claimed BAD (Border Area Development Funds), which is meant to be used in border areas, was being used by the administration in other parts of the state, violating the spirit of the scheme.