NC castigates govt for ignoring non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/25/2020 11:27:35 PM

Nasir visits KPs on indefinite hunger strike at Ganpatyar Temple, seeks early redressal of their demands

SRINAGAR, Sep 25: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday castigated the J&K and the central government for ignoring the genuine demands of non-migrant Kashmiri pandits who are sitting in an indefinite hunger strike at Ganpatyar Temple, Srinagar over the past six days.
Upon instructions from Party President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Party’s Provincial President (Kashmir) Nasir Aslam Wani today visited the sit-in at Ganpatyar temple and expressed solidarity with the protesters led by Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samitee (KPSS) President Sanjay Tickoo.
In a statement to KNS the Party's provincial president said that it was appalling to see the government not taking cognizance of the hunger strike. “So far no one from the administration has visited them. It is the sixth day of their hunger strike, and the very wellbeing of the protestors is in jeopardy,” he said while expressing dismay that no government official has visited them and that no medical team was either sent to check their wellbeing.
Nasir assured the protestors that the National Conference will take up their issues at all forums and strive to ensure that their demands are conceded. He impressed upon the administration to ensure reservation of 500 posts for non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits.
He said the issue assumes urgency as many young pandits eligible for government employment are breaching the age bar. The more these young people are asked to wait, the more they will be on the losing side, he said while expressing unison with them. “A large number of Kashmiri pandits stayed back and didn’t move to Jammu and other parts of the country in wake of the disturbances in early 1990’s. Unfortunately, the employment and financial package for the pandit community, which was announced by the GOI in 2009 does not include non-migrant Kashmiri pandits,” he said.



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