Apni Party seeks enhancement of monthly cash assistance of Kashmiri Displaced community

Urges Govt for political reservation, one job per family

Jammu February 1, (KNS): Seeing enhancement of monthly cash assistance, Apni Party today organized leaders and workers to meet of Kashmiri Displaced community at Udheywala in Jammu District.

As per the statement issued to KNS, In his meeting, Former Minister and Vice President Apni Party, Usman Majid, Ex-MLC and General Secretary Apni Party Vijay Bakaya, Ex-MLC and Vice President Jammu Province, Syed Asgar Ali, Provincial President Women Wing  Jammu Province, Narmata Sharma, trade union leader Ajaz Qazmi, and Abhay Bakaya youth leader Apni Party.

The meet was attended by large numbers of party workers and prominent persons of the displaced community.  The programme was co-ordinated and organized by Vinod Pandita, Sanjay Dhar, Abhay Bakaya, Vishal Jotshi and Vaibhav Mattoo.

Apni Party leaders Vinod Pandita, Sanjay Dhar, Abhay Bakaya and Dazy Dhar while whole heartedly welcoming the senior party  leaders in this interaction meet and party's  outreach programme highlighted the genuine problems of  seven lakh Kashmiri Pandit migrants living in exile for last more than thirty years like enhancement of monthly cash assistance from meager amount of Rs 13000 to 25000 per month in view of present hike in daily essential commodities, one job per family on the pattern of Punjab, political reservation in the new political scenario to remove decades old discrimination, construction of addition accommodation for PM package employees working in valley, updation and rectification of voter lists, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits back in valley with honour and dignity to as per their wishes  and  many other basic issues in exile and appealed the party senior leadership to take up the issues with the Governor administration and union Government to  get them  resolved on priority basis.

Vice President Apni Party Shri Usman Majid while addressing the gathering stated that the migration of Kashmiri Pandits was a big tragedy and the Kashmiri Muslims who had lived in harmony with them miss them and yearn for the day when they can return and live with them as before.

Shri Majid further recalled the great contribution that KP's had made to Kashmir society as teachers, doctors engineers and social activists and also acknowledged the courage and determination the community had shown in facing the adversity of displacement. He admired the community for having preserved their traditions and cultural identity.

He stated that the Apni Party had emerged as a political outfit which would take the people on the path of development and refrain from divisive politics and hollow promises.

He assured that Apni Party would work sincerely towards the dignified return of the community to regain their roots and he demanded that the meagre relief of Rs 13000 which was a pittance should be increased suitably

Shri Usman Majid stated that he was very thankful to the organizers for giving him an opportunity to interact with them.

General Secretary Apni Party Shri Vijay Bakaya while thanking the audience for having spared time to meet with the senior functionaries of the Apni Party, told them that the time had come for the community to assert itself politically by supporting the Apni Party which was the only party which was working towards reducing the trust deficit  that existed between the people of Kashmir and the Govt of India which listened to leaders of the Apni Party headed by Altaf Bukhari and had addressed many issues brought to its notice.

He assured that the KP community can easily relate with this Party as it was clear in its commitment to the nation and to the prosperity of all people and regions

He said that the Apni Party would strive to draw up a road map for the return of the KP's to the valley in consultation with their representatives and ensure their dignified rehabilitation.

President Women’s Wing Jammu Province Smt Namrata Sharma lauded the role that the women of the displaced KP community had played in bringing up their children against heavy odds who had now spread to all parts of the world and made a mark.

She told the audience that she could understand the pain of displacement as she herself belonged to a family which was displaced during partition, and she was proud that the KP community had shown resilience to rebuild their lives and the Apni Party would help them to get resettled in Kashmir with dignity and honour.

She welcomed the ladies who joined the Apni Party in her presence and hoped they would strengthen the Party and spread its message of pragmatic and truthful politics.  

Provincial Vice President Jammu Syed Asgar Ali advised the KP community to remember their strengths like their professional competence, their administrative acumen, their education and progressive outlook.

He admitted however that the K P's had faced adversity with great endurance and dignity and carved out a bright future for their children

He assured that the Apni Party would be in the forefront of highlighting their problems and seeking their redressal.

Abhay Bakaya Youth leader said that previous governments had paid only lip service to the plight of the KP's but the Apni Party had empathy and the capacity to get the problems of all sections of society to be resolved.

He demanded that if GOI can send financial assistance to needy countries why cannot they enhance the relief for those KP's who are totally dependent on it.

Meanwhile, prominent persons namely Ashok Kumar Koul, Chand Ji Bhat,(Nagrota), Inderjit Raina , Mamta Kaw, Ayush Koul, Veerta Bhat, Kiran Dhar, Reena Hakhoo, Manjeet Singh, Rakesh Gupta, Sunil Sharma, Mohd Mashooq Bhat, Princy Bhat, Kuldeep Singh and many others  joined Apni party before the senior leaders.

They were welcomed in the party by the senior leadership present on the occasion and hoped that with their joining the party will be strengthened and benefited and they were told to go to the people at gross root level with the policies and programmes of JKAP.

Others who were present and spoke on the occasion were A.K. Naz, Som Nath Dhar, R.K. Raina, P.L Thusoo, Ajaz Kazmi,

Dr. Rohit Gupta, Shanker Singh Chib, Mohinder Singh Parihar, Joginder Singh, R K Lalotra, Tariq Leo, Suhail Khajuria, Deepak Bradu, Arun Gupta, Vishal Kapai, Sardar Gurmukh Singh and many others 

In the end vote of thanks was presented by Shri Mohan Lal Bhat.(KNS)

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