Pandits still facing discrimination: PKM
5 November 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Alleging that Kashmiri Pandits were still facing discrimination at the hands of Central and State governments, President Panun Kashmir Movement (PKM) Ashwani Kumar Chrangoo has urged the members of displaced community to remain united to face the challenges. Addressing the 13th Bi-annual General Meeting of PKM here, today, Mr Chrangoo said that Pandits are feeling more disgusted than anyone else as the agenda for the five working groups constituted by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh after the second roundtable conference (RTC) has nothing for displaced community as far as their demands are concerned. He alleged though PM announced construction of two roomsets for Pandits during his visit to refugee camps in 2004, but that hope was belied as so far no displaced Pandit family has been provided the two room sets and they are still living in pigeon holes. He also demanded constitution of Committee for management of Hindu religious properties in Kashmir Valley on the pattern of Gurdwara Prabandhak Act. The vote of thanks was proposed by B L Kaul. Earlier the meeting started with flag hoisting ceremony. On the occasion PKM newsletter was also released. The programme was inaugurated by Mohni Raina while Prof. H L Jalali presented the welcome address.