A four-member delegation of the leadership of the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community had a meeting with the Centre’s Interlocutor at Jammu today. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere in which the displaced leadership comprising Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President, Panun Kashmir, Shri H.N.Jattu, President, AIKPC, Shri R.K.Bhat, President, YouthAIKS and Virender Raina, National Spokesperson-PK put before the Interlocutor the Kashmiri Pandit political perspective in detail.
Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo in his presentation said that time has come for the Government of India to take immediate and urgent steps to liberate the Pakistan occupied parts of Jammu & Kashmir State in consonance with the unanimous resolution passed by the Parliament in 1994. The Kashmiri Pandit displaced community continues to live as refugees in its own country. A serious dialogue process should be initiated by the government for the establishment of a separate Homeland in Kashmir valley as explicitly demanded in the Margdarshan Resolution of 1991. The Article 370 and Article 35A have become an unnecessary baggage of the past errors of the rulers of India; there is a national consensus to review these absurd laws that are in contravention of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian Constitution to the citizens of India. They should be abrogated under the due process of law as soon as possible and the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir state) Order 14th May 1954, since was/is an intentional fraud, be also abrogated along with.
Shri Dineshwar Sharma in his reply to a pointed question by Mr. Chrungoo clarified that no government is mandated to discuss and negotiate the issue of unity and integrity of India and Jammu & Kashmir is no exception in this regard.
Shri H.N.Jattu said that there is an imperative need to restore peace in the Kashmir valley. The Pandit community has all along supported the initiatives that have the potential to restore law and order. Being the victims of terrorism, the Pandits want complete finish of terror from the valley.
Shri R.K. Bhat emphasized that the governments have failed to live up to their promises made to the PM package employees since they have all become victims of the circumstances. A Special Recruitment Board should be constituted to start the process of the recruitment of the announced 3,000 PM Package employees. The valley based employees need to be brought at par with the “Migrant Employees” till normalcy is restored. There is also a need to evolve a permanent mechanism for redressal of the day to day issues of the displaced employees in the valley.
Shri Virender Raina in his presentation demanded, forcefully, a one-time compensation settlement package for the over aged youth of the community who could not be absorbed in the PM Package plan. They need social security guarantee from the government and we strongly advocate their cause.