SRINAGAR: The fast-unto-death by the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) President Sanjay Tickoo and Sandeep chief of have entered the second day on Monday at the historic Ganpatyar temple in old Srinagar city for the rights of the non-migrant Pandit community of Kashmir.
In a statement, Tickoo said that the promises of government jobs for the Pandits who did not leave the valley have remained unfulfilled.
He said that now, only government orders fulfilling our demands would be acceptable to the Samiti.
He said that since June 2020, hundreds of communications have been sent to all the concerned authorities of J&K UT to implement the recommendations of MHA, vide their letter no 12013/6/2014. K.V. dated 4th December 2015, communicating approval for jobs in favour of non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits /Kashmiri Hindu living in the valley and another communication from MHA, vide their letter no.16030/05/2020-JK dated 23rd June 2020, reiterating the same.
“On 27th August 2020, a delegation of KPSS met Hon’ble LuitenantGovernor at Raj Bhawan, Srinagar, and submitted a detailed memorandum along with copies of recommendations of MHA and the orders passed by the High Court in favour of non-migrant Kashmir Pandits /Kashmir Hindus living in the valley. The Lieutenant Governor assured the delegation that the demands would be taken up on priority as those related to the very survival of 808 Non-Migrant Kashmir Pandit/ Kashmir Hindu families living in Kashmir valley,” he said, adding that “Unfortunately, nothing moved in the administration to resolve our demands, forcing the KPSS to undertake the ‘FIRST PHASE of FAST-UNTO-DEATH’ on 20/09/2020. On 30th September 2020, the worthy Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, representing the J&K UT Administration, visited the venue of the fast and handed over a written assurance that the memorandum of demands of the Samiti would be placed before the government for consideration on priority and a meeting with KPSS would be organized post haste.”
“On October 5, 2020, a delegation of KPSS met Baseer Khan, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor in Civil Secretariat, Srinagar. The meeting took place in the presence of the worthy Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar. The Advisor assured us that all our demands would be considered on priority and a final meeting with KPSS would be organized within a week. Since then, we are waiting for the final meeting. Here we want to mention that worthy Deputy Commissioner Srinagar tried his best for this final meeting’ with the Advisor,” he said.
“Almost 50 days have passed now, but there is no progress in the matter compelling Shri Sanjay Tickoo, President of KPSS, to undertake the Second Phase of the ‘FAST-UNTO-DEATH’ along with young activist of KPSS Sandeep Koul,” he added.
KPSS demands implementation of High Court directions and recommendations of the MHA regarding jobs to be provided to the unemployed educated Kashmiri Hindu youths living in the valley.
They blamed the Disaster Management Relief, Return and Rehabilitation Department for deliberately delaying the process for more than four years, some leaders said.
They demanded a smooth process of providing bonafide certificates to all the aspirants of non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits and monthly financial aid to 808 such families living in Kashmir since 1990, they added.
They also demanded grant of accommodation to all deserving non-migrant KP families living in the valley as per recommendations of the MHA and extension of benefits of migrant welfare fund to the non-migrant KPs of the Kashmir Valley.