Kashmiri Pandits continue hunger strike
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 22:37
Jammu: Kashmiri Pandit youths continued their hunger strike and protest demonstrations for the sixth day on Sunday against the Jammu and Kashmir government's alleged failure to implement the special prime minister employment package for the community in total.

Several Kashmiri Pandit organisations held a protest here demanding full implementation of Prime Minister's employment package for youths of the displaced community.

"The employment package was announced long back in April, 2008 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but still it has not been fully implemented in the state," Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) president R K Bhat told reporters.

He said of the 6,000 jobs announced under the package, only 1,438 posts have been filled so far.

"It clearly shows discrimination against the KP youths at the hands of State administration...since the last two decades after KPs displacement, we have not been given our employment share in the state and central governments," Bhat said.

Asking Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to intervene into the matter, he said "We want CM to take serious note of our dharna and direct the authorities concerned for speedy implementation of the Cabinet decision."


First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 22:37

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