Senior Congress Leader Ashok Bhan has resigned from the membership of the Apex Committee constituted vide Govt. order no. Rev/MR116 of 2009 on 16-9-2009. The committee was tasked to help the state government for implementation of 6000 employment package, protection of Temples & shrines by an appropriate Act of Legislature, return & rehabilitation policy formulation etc, besides building confidence in the KP community for the safe & dignified return to Kashmir Valley & other related issues.
As per a statement to a local news agency, KNS, Bhan has said that “the state government has failed this suffering community and is pursuing the policy and agenda of exclusion of this Aborigine Kashmiri community to appease the elements inimical to pluralistic society more particularly in the Valley. By the forced exodus of this Hindu religious minority Kashmir’s demographic profile is already shattered and no serious campaign/effort is in place to reverse the same.”
He has also said, “Restoration of plural socio political ethos is the first task of any responsible government. The PDP-Congress combination had set the agenda for the dignified return with the required pace, emphasis and commitment. But this government has miserably failed for the reasons, either it does not have the ideological commitment or it is incompetent.”