Kashmiri Pandit Youth Call Off 22nd Day Hunger Strike

Kashmiri Pandit Youth Call Off 22nd Day Hunger Strike

3 April 2012
Ground Report


Jammu: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla accompanied by Minister of State for Revenue Nasir Aslam Wani today assured the Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) that their all genuine issues under Prime Ministerís package would be redressed on priority adding that Government is committed to provide all basic facilities to KPs in Kashmir valley like security and accommodation. Bhalla said this while interacting with the YAIKS leadership who are on hunger strike since last 22 days. In response to the assurance by the Minister, the protestors called off their 22 days long hunger strike, today evening. The Minister said that Government is providing transit accommodation to nearly 1500 unemployed youth out of 3000 of KP community, who have been appointed and provided jobs in the valley. The construction of transit accommodations at Vessu, Sheikhpora, Mattan and other places are personally being supervised and monitored by the Minister himself. Bhalla informed that there were about 4000 applications of KPs who had expressed their willingness to return to their places of birth in the valley and steps were underway to ensure their rehabilitation in Kashmir. Stating that both State and Central Governments were concerned about the welfare of the displaced people of the valley, the Minister said the UPA chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh were equally monitoring several aspects of this community. Bhalla revealed that the Government has already approached the centre for giving another component of 3000 jobs to the youth of KP community with necessary relaxations of age and other factors. Besides, other component of PMs package including construction of houses, relief to agriculturalists and industrialists are also being taken with the Central Government for the benefit of the community, he said. He said Government will come out with right and positive approach to settle the matter of over aged youth of the community. Appealing Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) leadership to open channels of communication with different sections of people in valley, the Minister said that this would further facilitate the return and rehabilitation of displaced communities to their native place. He said Kashmiri Pandits should especially open these channels with intellectuals, business and social circles and others in the valley to help in building confidence measures from civil society. In his address, Minister of State for Revenue Nasir Aslam Wani said that Government is committed to redress all the issues of the KPs, adding that all basic facilities to KPs are the priority of the Government. He said coalition Government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is fully aware of KPs issues and is making all out efforts to mitigate on priority basis. He said Omar-led Government is committed for dignified return of the displaced families in the valley by providing all infrastructural facilities.