Relief holders, over aged youth protest in support of demands

Relief holders and over aged youth protesting at Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Relief holders and over aged youth protesting at Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 16: A protest demonstration was held by Kashmiri Migrant Relief Holders and Over-aged Youth against the failure of the Government in settling the long pending demands of the displaced people from Valley.

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The protestors alleged that the authorities at the helm of affairs should have felt the pain of Kashmiri Pandits whose mass exodus is the biggest tragedy in the modern history. Nevertheless, not to speak of realising their big dreams even the minor existential problems of the community in exile for last three decades are being ignored unabated. The Kashmiri Pandits who are the ambassadors of Indian nationalism and patriotism are being denied their right to live, added the demonstrators who were protesting against the non-delivery of the relief.
They said in these tough times it is awfully troublesome to manage a morsel of food, school fee for the children, the medicines for the ailing, meeting the socio-religious obligations, etc for them and the authorities are adding salt to their wounds by keeping the relief undelivered. Addressing the protestors the speakers said that while the prices are touching skies and the survival has become very difficult but nothing on the ground is being done to release the relief of migrants. Almost all the relief holders live from hand to mouth by getting a meagre amount of relief and by non-releasing it the authorities have proved their indifferent attitude towards the community.
Maintaining that the origin of sufferings of Pandits lie in the turmoil of 1990, they said Government should have made a committee to look into their problems and conducted the review the meetings periodically. But, to the surprise, they are not even looking into financial miseries which the relief holders are going through. They said 33 years of exile is witness that a very meagre amount of relief is enhanced after the gap of many years and that too when the Pandits have to come on the roads and demonstrate.
They said it is the time for the present dispensation to instill confidence in the Kashmiri Pandits as a whole and relief holders and overage-youth in particular by taking steps to address their grievances.
They demanded that the relief be disbursed without further delay to them. The relief holders submitted the memorandum to Commissioner, Relief Organisation and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu in this regard.