Provide displaced KP students benefits of scholarships: KPC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 9: Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC ) today urged Central Government to allow the students of displaced Kashmiri Pandit families residing outside J&K to avail the benefits of PM scholarship scheme at par with other students of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) expressed its dismay over restricting the students of displaced KP community residing outside Jammu and Kashmir to avail the benefits of PM scholarship scheme, when all the students of J&K after passing their 12th class examinations, going for higher education are entitled to the same.
Kundan Kashmiri, president KPC stated that it is most unfortunate that displaced KP students who are basically residents of J&K, presently residing outside due to displacement, as displaced people, landless, homeless and resourceless are not getting the same facility, despite of deserving the same, and the reasons for the same known to the Government at helm of affairs, particularly the HRD Ministry.
He further said in the recent past, the Central Government has awarded over 3,500 scholarships worth a total of Rs 75 crore under a special scheme for students from Jammu and Kashmir to enable them pursue higher education outside the State now Union Territory. And out of 3,500 scholarships, 1329 were from Kashmir Valley who were also provided these special scholarships.
Kundan Kashmiri stated that if this scholarship is given to all concerned students of J& K for tuition fee, for hostel and food expenses as well as for nursing, medical sciences and hotel management courses and other courses, why not displaced KP students residing temporary outside J&K?.
KPC terming it a big discrimination with the students of community residing outside J&K appealed Prime Minister ,Home Minister and Lt.Governor J&K to allow the displaced KP students to avail this facility .
Other KPC leaders who attended the meeting included MK Raina, Dr.HL Saraf, Tej Pandita , Sushil Bhat, R. L Raina, S L.Zuthsi.Rajender Dhar etc.