The Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF), headed by noted Gujjar researcher Javaid Rahi, also demanded a probe into the transfer of land to influential people under the Roshi Act in the state.
The TRCF said conversion of grazing areas and pastoral lands are adversely affecting tribal livelihood and is harmful for migratory culture and nomadic way of life of Gujjars and Bakerwals.
"Gujjars and Bakerwals, the main animal-raring communities, demand that the grazing areas and pastoral lands must not be converted for any purposes and the government should come up with a law to restrict conversion of grazing.land, including its change of title or ownership," the foundation said in a statement here.
"All such grazing areas, pastoral land and other community resources should not be converted or vested to an agency or agencies for any type of usage. Such changes can badly affect centuries old migratory culture and traditions of Gujjars , Bakerwals, Gaddis, Sippis and Chanpas of Ladakh," it said.
"Grazing lands are shrinking fast due to its rapid conversions for different purposes and a large number of tribal families, who are entirely dependent on these lands, are facing helplessness," the TRCF said.
After the implementation of the Roshni Act in the last decade – whereby government-vested ownership of land to the occupants, it said the grazing or free government lands have been occupied by influential people, leaving the tribe, landless people aside, which needs a probe.
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