Kashmiri Pandits continue hunger strike

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."

PTI



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

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