YAIKS holds protest, terms PM package as eye wash

YAIKS activists protesting at Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
YAIKS activists protesting at Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 30: To intensify the ongoing struggle Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS), which is spearheading the struggle of the community for its survival after being hounded out from their motherland over 30 years back by separatists and Pak sponsored terrorists held a massive protest rally today at Press Club, here under the leadership of its president R. K. Bhat.
While addressing the protestors R K Bhat termed PM’s return, relief and rehabilitation package a total failure and cruel joke with displaced Pandits. He demanded the package be re-structured, and revised after having proper dialogue with YAIKS representatives. He said that KPs are losing their identity very fast. “Even our intentions to return to Valley are doubted ignoring that we are its aborigines and Kashmir is our Mother Land”.
Bhat said YAIKS has resolved to fight for restoring its lost identity and roots. “We hope the J&K re-organisation Bill 2019 will end our miseries perpetuated by genocide and will reconnect us to our lost roots and ancestral Motherland. Political empowerment of the community and Smart Cities should also be ensured under Naya Kashmir slogan”, he added.
He said “during YAIKS recent meeting with Union Home Ministry, we were assured that 3000 more Jobs will be created for unemployed KP youth who intend to go to Valley and 6000 more transit accommodations for all Valley posted migrant employees will be constructed. We welcome the Government decision for considering the same and expect its speedy implementation,. We are optimistic about the Modi Government that our miseries will come to an end soon”, he added.
”We demand that another 3000 jobs be sanctioned by the Government in favour of left over candidates who had applied under different notifications in 2010, 2012, 2017 and so on and also for those Kashmiri migrant families who couldn’t be benefitted under this PM’s employment scheme as all the displaced community families are equally suffering,. This was the scheme of heeling touch so it should reach to each and every migrant family. Government should compensate us against the quota of our retired 25000 KP employees during the exiled period of 30 years”, he added.
He demanded one -time compensation for over-aged youth, who were ignored for the last three decades. The recruitment agency should be changed and for further recruitment process some independent Government agency be created and selection be made on basis of eligibility of candidates as per their qualification and not merit.
He demanded reserving of 3% to 5% jobs for displaced KP youth in Central Government departments and educational Institutes for long term basis.
He warned if Government failed to start dialogue with YAIKS on the demands, they will be forced to intensify the struggle.
The prominent leaders who spoke include B.K Bhat, Sunil Koul Manoj Handoo, Ajay Safaya, Sanjay Ganjoo, Rakesh Fotadar, D N Bhat, Avtar Krishan, Ajay Pandita, Dileep Ji, Ashwani Kak, Kamal Tak, Sanjay Bhat, Rakesh Bhat, Neeraj Koul, Indu Pandita, Shakuntala, Pooja, Sheetal, Vipin Kachroo and others.