Panthers party demands amendment in SRO-425

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 21: The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party today demanded that the Government should intervene immediately to amend SRO-425 of October 2017 and clarify the issue of non-migrant Hindus in the valley who have not migrated since 1990.
Hakikat Singh, general secretary Panthers Party, speaking at a press conference here urged the Government to intervene immediately to amend SRO-425 and clarify the matter regarding non-migrant Hindus from Kashmir who have not migrated since 1990, including Kashmiri Pandits, Kshatriya Rajputs, Khatris, and Brahmans.
In this regard, he said, 3000 posts were created under the Prime Minister’s package for relief and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, and a census was conducted in all districts of Kashmir in 2017 to locate Hindu families who did not migrate and are known as non-migrant Hindu.
He added that about 500 families were found in all 10 districts of Kashmir who did not migrate and 500 posts were created and advertised under the advertisement notice number 03 of 2020 to absorb them into government jobs.
“However, the concerned Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir, who were designated authority to issue bonafide certificates in favour of Kashmiri Hindus (non-migrants), Rajputs, Brahmans, Khatris, and Schedule castes other than Kashmiri Pandits, failed to do so. After the intervention of the High Court and the Div Com, they were issued provisional bonafide certificates, and these aspirants were able to apply online for the various posts in this package,” he said.
In the meantime, he said, the petition filed by non-migrant Hindus was dismissed with no relief for the petitioners due to flaws in SRO-425, and the government dismissed it as well. “We demand that the centre and UT administration make their positions clear on Kashmir, non-migrant Hindus, and other issues,” he said.