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Jammu KashmirOpposition terms ‘Transit Camps as Caged Camps’ for Kashmiri Pandits

Opposition terms ‘Transit Camps as Caged Camps’ for Kashmiri Pandits


Srinagar, June 12: Criticizing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's statement on Transit Accommodations,  Lawmakers from opposition parties on Saturday opposed the proposal of settling migrant Kashmiri Pandits in what they called “caged accommodations” in the Valley and asked the Government to “create an atmosphere” for return of the Pandit families to their native places.

“The Government should create an atmosphere for their (Pandits) dignified return to . Caging them will be a bigger sin,” said CPI-M legislator MY Targami while taking part in discussion on demand of grants for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation departments, in the House.

The whole issue has taken shape of a major controversy, with separatists opposing construction of separate townships for Pandits while the Government maintains that it wants to settle them in “transit accommodations” before they can move to their original places in the Valley districts.

“The migration of Kashmiri Pandits is part of the larger tragedy that has befallen this State. This land belongs to everybody including Kashmiri Pandits,” said Targami. “They don't have to come here on visa; they are a part of our society and belong to us.”

He urged the Government to create conducive atmosphere for the Pandits to live in peace and harmony in native places.

MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid asked the Government to consult separatists on the issue of return of Kashmiri Pandits.

“They (separatist) have a role in it. The Government should consult them,” he said.

Conference MLA Ishfaq Jabbar supported the idea of settling Kashmiri Pandits at their original places.

“The Government is talking about settling them (Pandits) in transit accommodations…they should come and live at their own places,” said Jabbar.

He said the situation has improved in Kashmir and many families have been coming to stay in the Valley at their native places, during summers.

“People from every community have suffered during the past 30 years,” said Jabbar.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti informed the Assembly last week that the Pandits would be settled in transit camps before they return to the valley. Leaving construction of Pandit townships aside, the Chief Minister reiterated that they would be settled in transit accommodation.

However the separatists have raised apprehensions that the move to construct “separate townships” was aimed at changing demography of the State while reiterating that they welcome Pandits to their original places.

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