New Delhi, Feb 18: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits was the utmost priority of the government and assured them on their phased resettlement amid adequate security in the Valley, from where they were forced to flee in late 1989 and early 1990.
Minister gave the assurance to a seven-member Kashmiri Pandit delegation that
met him for an hour at his residence around 12.30 p.m.
included Surinder Kaul, International Coordinator of Global Kashmiri Pandit
Diaspora (GKPD); Utpal Kaul, GKPD India Coordinator; Anil Kachroo, GKPD USA;
Taj Tikoo, President of the All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS); Dileep Mattoo,
President Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM); and AJKVM members Sanjay Ganjoo
and Parikshit Kaul.
Minister promised to resettle all Kashmiri Pandits in their respective
districts. He also assured that the resettlement process will be done in phases
amid tight security,” Utpal Kaul told IANS.
said that the Home Minister also assured the delegation that the age limit for
government jobs vis-a-vis Kashmiri Pandits will be increased up to 50 years and
the government will help reclaim and reparation of their encroached properties
in the Valley.
temples in the Valley will also be renovated,” Kaul said quoting Shah.
delegation handed over a memorandum to him to thank the Union government for
abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution relating to the
erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
delegation members expressed heartfelt thanks to the Minister for maintaining a
consistent position on its promise to rehabilitate the displaced Kashmiri
Pandits in the Kashmir valley.
delegation also thanked the minister for abrogating Article 370 and 35A whose
pernicious impact has destroyed the Kashmiri society, culture, civilization,
economic progress and the ability to lead a peaceful life in the valley,” the
delegation demanded the formation of an advisory council of Kashmiri Pandits to
work under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs to come up with a plan for
full restorative justice for the Kashmiri Pandits.
advisory council will have representation from mainstream community bodies,
youth, women, eminent community think tank members, Jagati, rural and urban
residents from the community and even overseas representation,” the memorandum
delegation requested Shah to accept the community’s demand for a single concentrated
rehabilitation plan, including employment and other rights, enshrined in the
Constitution as well as restoration and rebuilding of temples, shrines and
community assets, including crematoriums.
Kashmiri Pandits also demanded setting up of a commission to investigate the
cause of the genocide and ethnic cleansing faced by them in the Valley, with
proactive steps to initiate legal proceedings and secure conviction of those
Minister gave a patient hearing to our demands and conveyed that rehabilitation
of our community is an utmost priority with the government. He sought help from
our community to compile a database of all the properties that have been either
occupied or encroached upon so that the government can initiate redressal
mechanisms to restore the property to the rightful owner,” the delegation said.
assured the delegation that the temples, shrines and all other community assets
will be restored and made operational at the earliest, it said.
informed the delegation that a massive drive is underway to generate employment
and ensure heavy investment in various sectors of the new union territory’s
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