Kashmiri Pandit government employees demanding relocation outside the Kashmir Valley in the wake of targeted killings by terrorists, suspended their 310 days long strike, saying they were ‘surrendering’ as authorities had ‘stopped’ their salaries.
The protesters comprised Kashmiri Pandits working in different government departments under a prime minister’s employment package.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has neither accepted nor rejected the demand but the protest had to be suspended as stopping of salaries is ‘choking us financially’, protesters affiliated to the All Migrant (Displaced) Employees Association Kashmir (AMEAK) feels.
Last year in May, following the killing of their colleagues Rahul Bhat and Rajini Bala by terrorists, many had also moved to Jammu from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory.
While Bhat was shot dead inside his office in central Kashmir’s Budgam on May 12, Bala, a school teacher, was gunned down in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on May 31 last year.
The core committee of AMEAK is expected to meet to take a decision over resuming their duties in the Kashmir Valley.
The employees have unanimously decided to suspend the ongoing agitation and are surrendering before the government as they have projected their demand for relocation but the government neither accepted nor rejected their demand.
Since Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha had time and again assured a secure atmosphere to them in the Kashmir Valley, the core committee of the organisation decided to suspend the agitation and wait for the government’s response. It is a good response.
Their only concern for which they had fled the Valley is foe their security hich is still insecure in valley. It is the government and the administration to be blamed as they are twisting arms by stopping the salaries of employees.
The killing of Kashmiri Pandit Sanjay Sharma by terrorists in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 27 reflects the ground situation but the government is committed making Jumlas that does not ensure employees security in the Valley.
The employees are left with no option but to ‘surrender’ before the government after it ‘stopped their salaries’.
The employees feel that they are not safe there (in Kashmir) but nobody is listening to them, while the government is bent upon exploiting the employees by stopping their salaries and choking them financially.
Bahujan Rashtra Samithi (BRSP national president MA Mujeeb who is also ex-officio President of All India Muslim Federation urged Kashmiri Muslims to come forward to ensure the security of minority Hindus living in the Valley.
The real custodian of ensuring the safety and security of the miniscule Kashmiri Pandit population in the Valley is the majority community and they have to ensure it to maintain real Kashmiriyat. Kashmiriyat is meaningless until and unless Kashmiri civil leaders, political leaders and religious preachers do not publicly and consistently denounce killings of Pandits, Mujeeb felt.
He said Kashmiri Pandits belonged to Kashmir and the central government should involve grassroot level leadership of the community for preparing a blueprint for their return and rehabilitation in the Valley. It is possible only when Modi administration recalls Article 379 relating to Jammu and Kashmir that will restore peace tranquility in the valley
Mujeeb does not hope that the J-K Reorganisation Bill, 2019, will end Kashmir unrest and their miseries and reconnect our lost roots and ancestral motherland soon. BRS hopes the process of delimitation and new arrangements will add fuel to fire to Kashmiri Pandits’ politically empowered democratically. Mujeeb also appealed to various Kashmiri Pandit groups to unite for their rights.
This is a crucial time to save Kasahmiri Pandits are again being killed, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi Government since lost its control on Jammu and Kashmir administration it is for the apex curt resolve all pending issues related to article 370 all related issues of Jammu ad Kashmir including that of the reorganisation.
It is time for Narendra Modi Government to rise above party lines to save western border Indian state. Modis’ personal interests to hear the woes of the all affiliations that formed a ‘joint action committee’ of all (Kashmiri) Pandit organizations globally and work for comprehensive rehabilitation of the entire community, but for Narendra Modi’s administration is far away from factual and ground reality in Jammu and Kashmir.
The community needs to be united and allied with Kashmiri Muslims and jointly speak in one voice for a dignified return to their roots in the Valley.