HC directs for reservation to Pandits in Professional Colleges

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 15: High Court today directed the Chief Secretary to consider the grievance of Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti with regard to reservation for Kashmiri Migrants and Non-Migrant Pandits in Professional Colleges across the country.
Kashmiri Pandits ‘Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti, an organization of Kashmiri Pandits, though its president had initiated a writ petition which later on was treated as  Public Interest Litigation by the High Court in which they are seeking a direction to the concerned official to take appropriate action on their representations filed in year 2019 seeking a special quota for Kashmiri Migrants and Non-Migrant Pandits in professional Colleges across the country.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice V C Koul disposed of the instant PIL with the direction to the Chief Secretary to consider the grievance of the petitioner as raised in the aforesaid two representations in accordance with law most expeditiously.
The DB has left it open to the petitioner-Samiti to submit a comprehensive representation highlighting all their grievances, if they so desire, within a period of two weeks from today.
“It will be open for the Chief Secretary to consider the same as directed above”, DB directed. A bear perusal of these representations by the court reveals that the petitioner-Samiti wants that apart from other things special quota be provided to the Kashmiri Migrants Pandits and to those living in Kashmir Valley in professional colleges across the country.
They were seeking that necessary instructions be issued to the concerned institutions, colleges; universities so that deserving candidates may get the benefit of the said policy.
They further pray that certain concessions and facilities be granted  to the Kashmiri Migrants and those living in the Kashmir Valley.
“The request as made in the representation in the first instance has to be dealt with at the level of the Government and it is not appropriate for the court to examine the justification of the same at this juncture”, the DB said.
It is noted that during the pendency of the PIL, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), has considered the matter in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Government of J&K and it has been decided to allow the certain concessions to the wards of Kashmiri Migrants as well as Kashmiri Pandits including Kashmiri Hindus who have not migrated from the valley for their admission in the educational institutions in other parts of country from the academic year 2020-21 and onwards till further orders.