Basic amenities denied to these Refugees in their own land

published on September 7, 2012


PANUN KASHMIR Convener Dr.Agnishekhar addressing ETV MEDIA today: The
situation in Jagti township was discussed and indignation expressed over
perpetual callous attitude of the state government regarding continuous
neglect of this township right from day one, the unfortunate displaced
inmates were moved here. The absence of the basic unavoidable
requirements like electricity, potable water and sewerage and drainage
facilities have made the lives of the inmates miserable lamented Dr.
Agnishekhar, Convenor of Panun Kashmir.

Dr. Agnishekhar wondered when the state government due to one reason or
the other was not in a position to afford the basic facilities of the
living conditions of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits at Jagti, why were
they shifted from their previous camp dungeons; at least, in comparison
their sufferings could have been avoided to get compounded. He said that
instead of taking steps to reverse the causes and the fallout of the
genocide and exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits, the state government is
hell bent upon keeping the tormented community in perpetual distress,
turmoil and sufferings so much so that they are pushed to take extreme
steps of itineraries even of sit in Dharnas, fast unto death and the
extreme step of self immolations. Dr. Agnishekhar termed it as a human
tragedy, man made and scripted by a total indifferent state government.
While PANUN KASHMIR is taking up the matter with the Prime Minister and
the President of India respectively, he strongly urged the state
government to seriously realize the futility of stubbornness and biased
approach and resolves the problems faced by the township inmates without
any ado.

The problem of basic sustenance of the identified displaced families by
way of reasonable revision in cash relief of abysmally meager amount per
head per month and per family per month continues to remain unresolved
which is a matter of grave concern, said Dr. Agnishekhar, and this has
led to the situation turning increasingly volatile as Kashmiri Pandits
are desperate and dejected at what they have been reduced to. Those
among the sufferers on fast unto death at Jagti and whose physical
condition has deteriorated, have been left in the lurch with no proper
medical care and assistance and assurance from the concerned
authorities. It is simply shameful on the part of the state government
which seems to only rally behind and cater to separatists and ex
militants masquerading as “refined” moderate separatists. On umpteen
times, Panun Kashmir has reiterated the dire need of enhancing the
relief amount of the displaced Pandits relief holders to keep their body
and soul together looking to the unabated rise in prices of essential
commodities and services but nothing has been done so far because of the
adamancy and apartheid laced policy of the state government. Panun
Kashmir has strongly urged the state government to act fast to avoid
mass agitation by the displaced community over these issues besides the
main pending politico- geographical issue concerning the community’s
forced exile

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