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

A body of Kashmiri Pandits today 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, 18:23 PM IST

Jammu: A body of Kashmiri Pandits today
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