J&K administration is providing transport service to the tribal population to come to Kashmir highlands and go back with their livestock.
12,497 families, 1.56 Lakh livestock provided transport facilities from Kashmir as the winter season approached.
Government recently informed that at an average each family saves 20 days of transit and taking into account man-days and prevailing wage rates there’s is saving of Rs 20,380 per family of 3 adults and additional saving of transport costs upto Rs 40,000. He said that notional saving of these families during the current migration season is Rs 25.46 Cr for days saved and Rs 48.72 Cr for transportation and other expenses. These initiatives lead to poverty reduction and also safeguarding the livestock against losses related to accidents, exhaustion deaths and climatic conditions.
The United Nations has declared 2026 as the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) to create awareness about the role of pastoralists in sustainability and drive public policies for their inclusion and empowerment. Jammu and Kashmir, over the last two years, has taken substantial steps to promote sustainable transhumance and economic growth of the migratory tribal pastoral families. Secretary Tribal Affairs appreciated the coordinated role played by the Deputy Commissioners, J&K Road Transport Corporation, Planning Department, Sheep Husbandry Deptt, Traffic Police and other departments to support and facilitate migration of families through National Highway -44 and the Mughal road over last more than 10 weeks which also benefited the smooth export of Kashmir’s horticulture produce and traffic management.