Govt should work for confidence building among displaced Pandits: AMCCC

AMCCC representatives at a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

AMCCC representatives at a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
AMCCC representatives at a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday.
-Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, May 28: All Migrant Camps Coordination Committee (AMCCC) today urged the new Union Government led by Narendra Modi that before setting up the return formula into motion, it should work for confidence building among the displaced Pandits.
Talking to reporters here, today AMCCC president, Desh Rattan said for rehabilitation of Pandits in Valley the Government should at first hand restore the land of shrines and temples of Pandits besides their private property which has been grabbed during the turmoil. This will act as a major confidence building measure, he added.
He said the land of Pandits including their orchards and agriculture land, besides the temples and shrines in many parts of the Valley has been grabbed over the years and it should be restored immediately. Besides, the over aged youth be provided Rs 50 lakh compensation for running their business units under a special healing touch scheme. One Government job be given to one KP family to earn its livelihood, he added.
He demanded that at Railway Stations in Kashmir,  bus terminals and at tourist places the KPs youth be allowed to establish their business units like that of majority community.
He demanded that scholarships be given to KP students from Class first to higher studies, medical facilities be provided to community patients and balance of exgratia be released soon.
Mr Rattan said AMCCC is for granting full powers to Relief Commissioner for implementing the schemes in letter and spirit. He also demanded that five seats be reserved for the community in Assembly and two seats in Upper House besides one member of community be nominated to Rajya Sabha.
He said for rehabilitation of Pandits in Valley Government should strengthen the Nationalist forces there.  He said if the Kashmiri leaders are sincerely saying that Kashmir was incomplete without Pandits, they should ask people to vacate the migrant land encroached by them over the years.
Those present in the press conference are R N Pandita, R N Dhar, S Diljeet Singh, Ashok Sharma, B L Koul, C L Raina, Vijay Bhat, Deepji Bhat, Rakesh Koul and others.

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