KPS submits memorandum to PM, seeks settlement of Pandits in Valley

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 24: Kashmir Pandit Sabha (KPS) Ambphalla while expressing concern over the plight of the community leading an exiled life for last 23 years alleged that no sincere efforts were made by State and Central Governments to address this human and political issue by devising ways and means to resettle the community back in the Valley.
In a memorandum faxed to Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh on the eve of his visit to the State tomorrow, the KP Saba said that continuous absence of the community from their forefathers land casts a dark shadow on the functioning of both the Governments.
The memorandum demanded an white paper on mass exodus  of KPs from Valley as most of the people in the country are not still aware of the catastrophe.
It said as both the Governments claim that situation in Valley is near normal and Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah is pressing hard for revocation of AFSPA, if this is true then there should have been blue print in place by now to facilitate the return Pandits to the Valley. The only litmus test of normalcy in Kashmir is resettlement KP community there.
The memorandum, while referring to the return package announced by Dr Manmohan Singh in 2007 said there has been no virtual effort for its implementation by the State Government.
It said out of 6000 posts announced by PM’s under employment package only 1453 displaced youth were provided jobs in six years. The memorandum while turning the attention of PM towards the Temples and Shrines Bill sought his intervention in getting the Bill passed to save the Hindu shrines in Valley.
Meanwhile, the JTC and JCC in a joint appeal to Prime Minister have turned his attention towards the plight of Jagti inmates who are facing 19 hour power cut.
The JTC president Shadi Lal Pandita and JCC leader Dilip Kumar urged Dr Singh to fulfill the promises made regarding providing of all facilities free of cost to displaced persons from Kashmir till their honorable return to Valley while announcing the package in 2007 at Akhnoor.

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