KPs protest, demand revocation of SRO 94

KPs protesting in front of Press Club Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
KPs protesting in front of Press Club Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

‘US based Pandits playing with migrants cause’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 28: Fed up with Government’s lackluster attitude over the demands which are hanging in balance for decades together displaced Pandits from Valley owing allegiance to All India Migrant Camp Coordination Committee (AIMCCC) held a protest demonstration in front of Pres Club here, today.

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Led by AIMCCC president, Desh Rattan Pandita the protestors were wary against the SRO 94 and demanded its immediate revocation. The protestors accused the Government of making a mockery with the displaced Pandits demands and alleged that the PM employment package announced way back in 2008 has not even been fully implemented with 2000 posts out of 6000 package still not filled up.
Desh Rattan, while lambasting Government, said that what has added to the resentment of the community is issuing of SRO 94 under which the package employees too have been deprived off DA and other benefits which is totally injustice. He said this is totally a mockery with rehabilitation claims of Government as a migrant youth presently putting up at Jammu, Delhi or any other part of India can’t pull on this meager salary after joining his duties in Valley when he has to feed his family and bear the rent of the accommodation outside.
He said on the one hand Government has deprived these employees of promotion benefits and on the other it is implementing other SROs meant for the non package employees on them which speaks volumes about the double standards of the Government. He made an appeal to Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha seeking his immediate intervention in not implementing the SRO on package employees which are not borne on UT Government establishment. Besides, he demanded immediate filling up of the remaining posts and providing accommodation to package employees.
Rattan, while highlighting the issues of displaced Pandits warned the US based KPs in meddling with the issues of migrant Pandits saying they are exploiting the interests of community. He urged the PM and Home Minister to talk on migrants issues with local leaders living in camp and non camp areas in Jammu and other parts of country while those in America and other countries have no locus standi in interfering in KPs issues.
Sundri Lal Kaul another leader demanded immediate digging up of bore wells in Jagti to solve the water crisis, compensation to over aged youth of the community, one job to each displaced family and enhancement of relief besides holding of dialogue with local KP leaders on rehabilitation of displaced pandits in Valley.