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|AIKS satisfied over unanimity of KP’s in Apex Committee Meet
Jammu (India) September 24, 2009
Report & Images by Raman Raina
ll India Kashmiri Samaj President Moti Kaul expressed satisfaction over the unanimity of the Kashmiri Pandit leaders in the Apex Committee meeting held on Wednesday and said that the KP leaders put Government to test by demanding immediate implementation of issues like employment, passing of the Hindu Shrines and Temple bill and the enhancement of cash relief to Rs. 10,000 per month.
Addressing a press conference, AIKS president Moti Kaul along with Dr. Usha Ticku Co-Convenor Women’s Wing AIKS and Virender Kuchroo Secretary AIKS, Kaul welcomed the initiative of the Government to discuss the issues relating to the displaced Kashmiri Pandits living in apathetic conditions for the last two decades; however, he showed his displeasure for not inviting some prominent KP leaders, thinkers and Camp representatives particularly who are sitting on mass dharna.
AIKS president also expressed his apprehensions and doubts as during the last two decades the successive Governments failed in their commitments as far as the problems of Kashmiri Pandits are concerned. He in his deliberations in the meeting informed that eight years ago, Koul Committee report on rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits was made but was not considered at all by the Govt. At that time it had recommended Rs 2, 500 crores, while as now, under PM’s Relief and Rehabilitation Package it is just Rs 1, 600 crore. As for as the Hindu Shrines and Temple bill is concerned, Kaul told in clear words that it seems there are some vested interests that hurdles the passing of the bill otherwise there is no reason to delay it.
Kaul also informed that the Parliament Committee recommendations were totally ignored. Now as far as the PM’s Package is concerned, it too is moving on snails speed as during the last one and half year it has hardly made any progress.
Kaul and all other KP leaders urged Govt. to declare time bound employment policy and demanded special age relaxation for those qualified persons who got over aged during these years of exile. Also immediate release of CCA and HRA in favour of migrant employees was demanded.
Though the meeting was held in positive atmosphere and the representatives of the Govt. including the Minister appreciated the problems and demands of the KP leaders but they failed to give any clear cut commitment and time frame for its fulfilment.
|Raman Raina is Shehjar's Chief Photo Journalist based in Jammi, India.
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