[Reader-list] Kashmiri Pandits to Go on Strike During PM's visit

Pawan Durani pawan.durani at gmail.com
Thu Jun 3 20:48:12 IST 2010

A body of Kashmiri Pandits today decided to go on hunger strike in Srinagar
during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the valley to focus
attention on the condition of youths of the community.

Singh is scheduled to undertake a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir
starting June 7.

"The hunger strike is to focus the attention of Government of India and J&K
Government on the problems of the youth who have suffered beyond expression
and are still suffering due to the negligence of authorities," President of
the Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) R K Bhat told reporters.

He said the group wants to communicate to the PM the "grave flaws" in
implementation by the state government of the Prime Minister's special
package for return of Kashmiri migrants to the state.

Alleging that the state government is not executing the PM's employment
package for migrants in a rational and planned manner, Bhat said the
community feels dejected on account of absence of security and lack
provision for accommodation when they return to the valley to join their new

Demanding that minority status be granted to the community with a
reservation in the state legislature, Bhat said there is a need to set up a
township in the valley for displaced Kashmiri Pandits on the pattern already
set up at Jagti near Jammu.

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