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‘Build Pandit colonies in J&K; return illegally occupied properties’
Kashmiri Pandit organizations to Government;
1/24/2020 11:10:50 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Srinagar, Jan 24: Most of the Kashmiri Pandit organizations want the Government to create separate colonies in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to accommodate Kashmiri Pandits.
Sources said that this is part of a ‘wishlist’ that the different organizations have recently sent to the government on behalf of the Kashmiri Pandits.
“Kashmiri Pandits should be rehabilitated with foolproof security. They should be kept together in two or three designated colonies,” a senior functionary of Reconciliation, return & rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants said.
“The government should ensure complete security. They should also get equal opportunity of employment,” said the functionary, who did not wish to be named.
The Modi government’s decision to scrap Article 370 had given rise to new hope among the community that it would take some solid steps for their relocation. Little, however, has moved on that front.
Sources said that the RSS is also stepping up pressure on the government to ensure that the Kashmiri Pandits are allowed to return to the Valley.
Lauding the scrapping of Article 370, RSS Chief had said, “This effort will come to fruition only when justice denied under the influence of Article 370 is restored, injustices occurred are brought to an end. It will happen when our Kashmiri Pandits who were unjustly driven away are brought back and rehabilitated and allowed to remain secure, fearless, patriotic and Hindu.”
The senior RSS functionary told early times that organization was satisfied by the steps taken by the Modi government to resolve the Kashmir problem but now wants it to take “solid steps” to ensure displaced Kashmiri Pandits return to the Valley.
He added that the organization had already sent suggestions to the government.
In this, the RSS has listed security as its primary concern for Kashmiri Pandits. It has called on the central and UT governments to create a law that will guarantee the security of relocated Kashmiris. “They should not face any kind of inconvenience in security-related matters,”
The Sangh also wants special colonies for the community. “Resettling them in a scattered manner will create greater security risks. Some colonies are indeed being created but there are two families living in one flat,” its document had said.
The leadership of the Kashmiri pandiths also wants the government to decide as to how the returning Pandits will be able to earn their livelihood. “Employment opportunity according to their eligibility should be made available to them,” they had said.
The organizations working for Kashmiri Pandits has also told the government to assess the damage to properties previously held by the community. “The illegally occupied properties should be traced and efforts should be made to determine as to how they can be returned to the Kashmiri Pandits,” they have demanded.
The Narendra Modi Government has flagged the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley with “dignity, security and assured livelihood,” an issue on which it will lay special emphasis during its tenure.
The BJP had mentioned return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants to the Valley in its manifesto.
According to official data, 24,202 families migrated after militancy raised its ugly head in the Valley in 1990. A total number of 38,119 families are registered with the Jammu and Kashmir Revenue and Relief Ministry till now.
The Kashmiri Pandit organisation, however, put the number of total displaced people anywhere between six to seven lakh now.
Prime Minister Narendra had already said that his government was committed to facilitate the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homes in the valley with full honour and safely.
"Kashmiriyat demands that those Kashmiri Pandits who had to flee due to the violence here, leaving behind their houses, land and memories of their ancestors, they should be settled here with full honour,PM Modi had said.
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