Press Conference: ‘Attach Pandit employees to Relief Commissioner’s office till re-location’

Kashmir News Trust

All Minority Employees Association Kashmir Monday demanded that Pandit employees serving in Kashmir should be attached to the office of ‘Relief Commissioner’ till they are not re-located.

While addressing a press conference here in Sheikhpora area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district the community leaders said that rules under SRO 412 related to PM Employment Package should be amended. “The rules under this package are like bonded labor. If the previous government has framed ‘erroneous’ rules, then it is the time for the present dispensation to rectify them and win the hearts and minds of Pandit people,” they said.

The community leaders including Ajay Safaya and Sanjay Koul as per news agency Kashmir News Trust said that the government has closed doors for them.

“For past 38 days, Kashmiri Pandits in different places of Kashmir including Budgam, Kupwara, Baramulla, Shopian are on protest but nothing changed on the ground. We had asked the government to relocate us outside Kashmir,” they said adding that their only demand is relocation and till that happens they should be attached to the office of Relief Commissioner which is the parent department of Pandit employees under Prime Minister’s Employment Package.

“We don’t want to become scapegoats. Please don’t claim that everything is normal in Kashmir by forcing us to stay here,” the community leaders said.

Nearly 8,000 employees from different districts of Jammu are working in Kashmir under the inter-district transfer policy. “Only 1200 employees have got accommodation. Where will the rest of the employees go? Don’t treat us as bonded labor, bring us at par with Kashmiri Muslim employees,” they said and threatened to approach international organizations for a solution if the government of India doesn’t resolve their issue. (KNT)


Tanveer Hussain

Tanveer Hussain is a video journalist working for news agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT) in Central Kashmir's Budgam.

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