Kashmir group to go on hunger strike during PM`s visit

A body of Kashmiri Pandits Thursday decided to go on hunger strike in Srinagar during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit to the valley to focus attention on the condition of youths of the community.

Last Updated: Jun 03, 2010, 15:13 PM IST

Jammu: A body of Kashmiri Pandits Thursday decided to go on hunger strike in Srinagar during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit to the valley to focus attention on the condition of youths of the community.

Singh is scheduled to undertake a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir starting June 7.

"The hunger strike is to focus the attention of Government of India and J&K Government on the problems of the youth who have suffered beyond expression and are still
suffering due to the negligence of authorities," President of the Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) R K Bhat told reporters.

He said the group wants to communicate to the PM the "grave flaws" in implementation by the state government of the Prime Minister`s special package for return of Kashmiri
migrants to the state.

Alleging that the state government is not executing the PM`s employment package for migrants in a rational and planned manner, Bhat said the community feels dejected on account of absence of security and lack provision for accommodation when they return to the valley to join their new jobs.
Demanding that minority status be granted to the community with a reservation in the state legislature, Bhat said there is a need to set up a township in the valley
for displaced Kashmiri Pandits on the pattern already set up at Jagti near Jammu.

PTI