KPs have high hopes from PM’s visit

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Dear Editor,
We, the victim Kashmiri Pandits, have high hopes from the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu on April 24, 2022 and hope that following burning issues and genuine demands will seriously be considered: –

  1. One place settlement of displaced KPs at ‘Land of Kashyap’ in Kashmir valley to live as a community together under constitution of India and granting of indigenous status to unique community of Kashmiri Pandits which has more than 5000 years of history.
  2. High level commission of enquiry to be constituted to probe for genocides, ethnic cleansing and mass exodus of KPs in 1989–90.
  3. PM package to be delinked from KPs’ return to valley, its benefits to be given at present locations of displacement.
  4. KP Shrine bill to be passed at the earliest in order to safeguard and maintenance of KP temples and shrines in valley.
  5. Registration of FIR and action against all those who are responsible for KPs’ massacre and other killings, looting and ransacking of property during turmoil.
  6. Granting four constituencies for displaced KPs in the valley and one seat each in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.
  7. Release of 50 per cent of pending amount against ex-gratia granted to displaced KPs in lieu of their houses burnt and damages during turmoil.
  8. Displaced KP youth be appointed in Central Government departments / undertaking like railway, LIC, Income Tax, customs and taxation, IB, CBI and others.
  9. One time financial assistance to be given to overage KP youth of Rs 50 lakh to start their own business.
  10. Nullifying distress sale of KPs’ land & property since 1990 to till date.
  11. Providing safe and secure accommodation to all PM package employees.
  12. Interests of traders and shopkeepers should be safeguarded, shops allotted at railway stations from Jammu to Srinagar.
  13. Bifurcation of migrant ration cards.
  14. Jagti type quarters to be constructed at Delhi /NCR for displaced Kashmiri Pandits.
  15. Allowing delegation of displaced KP, leaders & other representatives to meet Prime Minister and Home Minister.
    Kundan Kashmiri,
    President, Kashmiri Pandit Conference