Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has said the migrant Kashmiri Pandits would require separate townships of their preference and setting up such residences is “not a matter of option but rather out of need”.
Governor said that the best course would have been that the individuals who have snatched their homes welcome them back and that is the activity of politicians like Mehbooba, Omar, Farooq and Hurriyat leaders, who should try to persuade their general public to do this.
He said that they go to the Valley even now since they have grown up here and they occasion here, can’t survive without it. Their home must be returned by those that grabbed it and the sentiment of solidarity must be given by the real political administration here. But the parties fail to do so.
Malik declared that he is doing his bit. He is attempting to give them (Pandits) a substitute convenience with the goal that they have a home, a school, and security.
The administration also has distinguished the spots. They are taking a shot at those spots. There are a few that are there, in Pulwama and in different other spots. They can’t be simply settled at anyplace however in decent places of their preference free of cost.
Earlier also, there were plans to resettle Pandits but they could not be materialized as the BJP-PDP government coalition fell in mid-2018. The BJP-PDP government had considered structure either independent or blended resettlement townships, however, could not make progress.
There has been a checked improvement in the security situation in the Valley as far back as the beginning of the Governor’s’ rule on June 19, 2018, when the BJP pulled back support to the Mehbooba Mufti-driven government. The security powers disposed of more than 240 terrorists in the state in 2018, while there has been a dunk in incidents of stone pelting as well.
If the situation in Kashmir improves, it will be more convenient and practicable to resettle Pandits in their native place from where they were ousted mercilessly. Now it will be interesting to see how the people living in Kashmir react to this step taken by the government.
Will they accept Pandits with all their heart? Or are their tall claims of welcoming Pandits just there for the namesake?