Minorities in Kashmir valley are not orphans: Chrungoo

Jammu, Nov 13 (KNS): "Hindu & Sikh Minorities in Kashmir valley and especially the PM Package employees are not orphans. The government and the society have a bounden duty to protect them and provide to them a sense of security in the valley in addition to the normal security and safety. They need to be treated beyond like a 'trapped community' in their own homeland and their human rights regarding their rights like freedom of expression, liberty and life are as sacrosanct as they are for all others living in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir", said Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, senior BJP and KP leader and Incharge: Deptt of Political Feedback, BJP-J&K.

Chrungoo was interacting with a delegation of the PM Package employees who called on him today with their issues regarding their unstable living conditions in the valley. They made it known that a few of their officers in the valley were considering their absence from their work places seriously and thus causing enough of distress to the emploees. As a consequence of continued selective killings in the valley, the minority community employees were scared and advised by their own colleagues, comrades, landlords and sympathizers to leave for Jammu for some time till normalcy would return.

The BJP leader told the delegation that the government and administration are also aware of the current situation and have been requested to take a lenient, compassionate and humanitarian view of the situation. In no case, any pressure should be enforced upon the minority community employees in the valley. The newly appointed PM package and other selectees from the minority communities recruited under general catagory recruitment drive should be helped to join at their respective places as and when they contact their offices and asked to report for duties only when there would be complete assurance of their safety.

"Moreover, these employees need a proper accomodation to live and stay in the valley. There are reports that their landlords in the current situation have also asked them to look for alternative arrangements for stay. In such a situation, it is important that the government provides them the government quarters which have been evacuated by the Jammu based secretariat employees in Srinagar. It will be a big help in favour of the employees who have otherwise to fend for their accomodation in the valley", said Chrungoo.

The KP leader maintained that the issue of resettlement of the Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir need not be confused with the PM Employment package. "That has been the consistent and considered view of the displaced community. While the issue of employment is an issue of economic subsistence, the resettlement is a political issue that needs its final solution politically". The LG Manoj Sinha also clarified the situation in this regard in April this year which coincided with the considered view of the KP displaced community in this context. (KNS)

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