Koul dismayed over Govt's apathy towards Pandits

1 August 2009
The Daily Excelsior

Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU: To highlight the problems being faced by the displaced Pandits, the All Displaced Kashmiri Pandit Non Camp Union held a one day convention here today. The delegates from various migrant bastis participated in the convention in which AIKS, president, Moti Koul was the chief guest. The other KP leaders who addressed the convention included president KP Sabha Prof A N Sadhu, president ASKPC, A N Vaishnavi, A K Raina former Director School Education, and R K Bhat, president YAIKS, Sheela Handoo, Corporator, Vir Saraf, convenor RIK, Roshan Lal Raina, Prof G L Koul, Bansi Lal Duggal and Satish Kissu. In his address Moti Koul expressed his dismay over the failure of the Government in not implementing the relief and rehabilitation package announced by Prime Minister for displaced Pandits. He said due to hostile conditions the Kashmiri Pandits are going through health trauma. He said though the relief package was announced by PM after the AIKS filed a writ petition in Apex Court of the country against the genocide, apartheid and atrocities committed on displaced community but not an iota of the same has been implemented. Mr Koul informed that AIKS has taken up the matter with several insurance companies to bring the KPs under group health insurance. He urged the Government to set up an Autonomous Development Council for displaced Pandits and ensure the immediate passage of Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places Bill. He also announced that AIKS will soon launch community Legal Cell to organize career counseling programmes. D N Kissu chairman Non camp highlighted the problems of the non camp areas and urged the Government that special steps be taken for mitigating their problems. Prof A N Sadhu said that despite being sufferers for last 20 years, the Government has totally neglected even the basic amenities of life. He remarked that KPs stand excluded from Government- administrative set up of the State and warned if demands were not solved community has no alternative except to come on streets.