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India: Fast unto Death by Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti Against Jammu and Kashmir Relief Dept. - Press Release, Sept 20, 2020

21 September

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Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS)

September 20, 2020

Press Release: Fast unto Death against Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRR&R) Department, UT of JK at Ganesh Mandir, Ganpatyaar, Habba Kadal, Srinagar from today i.e. 20.09.2020. KPSS strongly feel that Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRR&R) Department is punishing left out (Non-Migrant) Kashmiri Pandits - Kashmiri Hindus for staying back in Kashmir Valley. Since abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A we the Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits – Kashmiri Hindus living in Kashmir Valley are facing harassment and isolation at the hands of Relief Department. Despite multiple directions from Hon’ble High Court and recommendations from the Central Government through the Ministry of Home Affairs, Relief Department is playing with the life and security of the Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits – Kashmiri Hindus living in Kashmir Valley.

Since June 2020, hundreds of communications stand submitted to all concerned authorities in UT and Centre about the vicious and morally corrupt staff of Relief Department. Situations are created like either they sabotage the whole process of Jobs and Rehabilitation of Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits – Kashmiri Hindus living in Kashmir Valley or we must negotiate under the table deal with the officers / officials of the Relief Department to get the directions of the Hon’ble High Court and recommendations of the Ministry of Home Affairs implemented on the ground zero.

Lately, on 27.08.2020 a delegation of KPSS also met Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, UT of JK at Raj Bhawan, Srinagar and submitted a detailed memorandum and apprised His Excellency about the conspiracy hatched by Relief Department against the Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits – Kashmiri Hindus living in Kashmir Valley. His Excellency assured us that necessary steps will be taken on priority to sort out the issue which is related to the survival and existence of 808 Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandit – Kashmiri Hindu families living in Kashmir Valley. But till date no action stands taken on the issues.

As such, for the survival of 808 Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits/Kashmiri Hindus families living in Kashmir Valley, I, Sanjay K. Tickoo, President, KPSS have decided to start Fast-Unto-Death from today i.e. 20.09.2020 against Relief Department for persecution and bureaucratic harassment against Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits – Kashmiri Hindus for not implementing Hon’ble High Court directions and recommendations issued by Ministry of Home Affairs regarding Job and Rehabilitation of the left out Community who chose to stay back in Kashmir Valley.

Charter of Demands:

1) KPSS demand Vigilance inquiry against the officers/officials of the Relief Department for deliberately stalling and sabotaging Relief and Rehabilitation of Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits – Kashmiri Hindus living in Kashmir Valley and misusing their official positions to harm Kashmiri Pandits - Kashmiri Hindus living in Kashmir Valley.

2) Implementation of Hon’ble High Court directions and recommendations of the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding Jobs to the unemployed educated Kashmiri Pandit/Kashmiri Hindu youths.

3) DMRR&R deliberately delayed the process by more than four years as such give one time age relaxation to all the over-age candidates’ w.e.f. 31.05.2016 (date of the judgment passed by Hon’ble High Court in OWP 1986/2013 titled Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti and others Vs. Union of India and others)

4) Easy and stress-free process of providing Bonafide Certificates to all the aspirants (Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits / Kashmiri Hindus) as per SRO 425 dated 10.10.2017.

5) Monthly Financial Aid to 808 Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandit – Kashmiri Hindu families living in Kashmir Valley

6) Providing accommodation to all deserving Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandit – Kashmiri Hindu families living in Kashmir Valley as per recommendations of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

7) Extension of benefits of Migrant Welfare Fund to the Non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits – Kashmiri Hindus living in Kashmir Valley.

(Sanjay K. Tickoo)

President, KPSS