Miserable plight of PM package employees


Dear Editor,
The agitation of PM Package employees for seeking their relocation outside the Kashmir valley is going on in full swing in the premises of Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner’s Migrant office Jammu. 85 days have passed since PM Package and other Non-PM Package employees took to streets and started their peaceful protest in support of their only demand of relocation. The Kashmir Pandit Package employees who are the aborigines of Kashmir are facing the worst security crisis in their own homeland as many of their colleagues were massacred by the radical Islamist forces in the line of duty. A recent spate of targeted attacks on the Hindu minorities have brought fear, suspicion, anxiety and panic among the Hindu minorities thereby prompting many Kashmiri Pandit employees and other Hindu minorities to fled the valley. This small microscopic KP community who always believe in peace and non-violence are at the receiving end of a spate of violence in Kashmir. From the past 18 months, there has been an exponential increase in the number of attacks on religious minorities and thus Hindu minorities feel total threatened in Kashmir as the working conditions for them is not all feasible. Although the J&K UT administration has shifted many PM package employees to district headquarters and other safer locations within Kashmir but the panic stricken Package employees have refused to join their duties and rejected this move of the government. In this perspective, the package employees have unequivocally stated that there is no safer zone in Kashmir where they can perform their duties without any fear and duress as the genocidal killings have taken place in Kashmir even at the district/ tehsil headquarters. However, the protesting package employees are very hopeful of the BJP centre government and are expecting that their demand of relocation outside valley be fulfilled soon by the government. Moreover, the BJP centre government under the premiership of Narendra Modi has already taken several historical decisions for the welfare of nation like abrogation of controversial Article-370 and 35-A from J&K and repealing of Farm laws. It is high time now that the centre government must take some corrective measures with regard to the sufferings of Package employees and address their long pending demand that is to ensure their ‘Right To Life’. Therefore, the BJP centre government should not shy away as far as relocation demand of Package employees is concerned because their demand is very genuine and legitimate. So the government must accede to the relocation demand of package employees and order their temporary adjustments in the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner’s Migrant office Jammu in order to save the precious lives of Kashmiri Pandit Package employees who are working in Kashmir.
Vivek Koul,
Gole Gujral, Jammu.