SRINAGAR: On Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said that all necessary measures have been taken for the safety of Kashmiri Pandits serving in the Kashmir Valley while stating that no salary will be given to people sitting at home.

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Sinha made the remarks amid the ongoing protest by migrant Kashmiri Pandit employees and Jammu-based reserved category employees who left Kashmir for Jammu in May 2022 following the killings of their two colleagues — Rahul Bhat and Rajni Bhalla. The protesting employees have been seeking relocation outside Kashmir.

“They are on a strike and I was in constant touch with them and made sincere efforts to address all their long-pending issues. Almost all of them were transferred to district headquarters in consultation with district commissioners, superintendents of police and other government functionaries,” LG Sinha said in Jammu.

Referring to the protesting reserved category employees who are also camping in Jammu and demanding their relocation, he said, “They should also keep in mind that they are Kashmir division employees and cannot be transferred to Jammu.” However, he said the chief secretary has framed a committee to look into their demand. “And I assure them that if there is any chance, we will frame a policy accordingly.”

Some of the employee who had left Kashmir were reportedly relocated but most of them have been asked to work from security-improved offices. However, the protesting employees have not accepted the administration request, so far.

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