`Take Kashmiri society into confidence over return of pandits`

The J&K govt should take several confidence building measures including taking the civilian society into confidence before rehabilitating displaced Kashmiri Hindus in the Valley, an organisation of Kashmiri Pandits has said.

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2010, 15:11 PM IST

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government
should take several confidence building measures including
taking the civilian society into confidence before
rehabilitating displaced Kashmiri Hindus in the Valley, an
organisation of Kashmiri Pandits has said.

"The Government should take several confidence building
measures before rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits
in the Valley, the most important measure being taking into
confidence civil society of Kashmir before rehabilitation of
70,000 displaced people there," Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir
Nationalist Movement (JKNM) K N Pandita said here today.

There is a natural instinct in people of the Kashmir
Valley to return to their land with honour and dignity, he
said while releasing a 20-page booklet released by the group
on confidence building measures that the state government
should take.

According to the booklet, the module for rehabilitation
of the community in the Valley must ensure its participation
in decision making mechanisms while safeguarding the peoples`
political, economic, religious and cultural interests.

The onus of creating a conducive environment for return
of the displaced pandits lies essentially with Kashmir`s civil
society and all initiatives in this direction need to be
facilitated by the state government, it said.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is being requested to take
initiatives to address the concerns of the displaced community
regarding its rehabilitation in the Valley and also to
facilitate deliberations between the Prime Minister and
representatives of the community, JKNM said in its booklet.
The organisation demanded constitution of a Truth and
Reconciliation Commission to find the exact reasons of
displacement, fix responsibility, bridge the gulf between the
two communities of the Valley and also lay down the roadmap
for return of all displaced persons, it said.
The booklet also said that there should be enrolment of
migrant voters and census of the displaced community members
at the earliest for complete update of records.

PTI