J&K CM says, sense of security, economic safeguards to help return of Kashmiri Pandits
KHEER BHAWANI (GANDERBAL): Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Tuesday
underlined the sense of security and economic safeguards basic
elements to help return of Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) to their native
land. He said government is focusing on both these crucial aspects
adding that the prevalent peace and improved security situation is
proving a catalyst in this process.
Omar Abdullah today visited Kheer Bhawani, interacted with the large
number of KPs arrived here to participate in the religious ceremony of
Zestha Ashtami being observed as Mela Kheer Bhawani. He exchanged
wishes, enquired their welfare and extended greetings on the occasion.
He also inspected various stalls installed by different government
departments and others at the Mela.
Talking to media on the sidelines, the Chief Minister said that the
economic package in the shape of employment to the youth of the
Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley is an important step to help return of
these families. He said while peace and security atmosphere is gaining
ground gradually and State Government has implemented half of the
employment package for Kashmiri Pandits, the situation is becoming
more and more palatable for their return.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government is taking up the
issue of enhancing financial support to Kashmiri Pandits to enable
them construct their residential houses in the Valley. A proposal
will be discussed in the Cabinet in this regard and presented to the
Government of India for release of funds, he added.
Omar Abdullah said that the State Government is ensuring all
facilities to the large number of devotees mostly Kashmiri Pandits to
observe Zestha Ashtami at Kheer Bhawani. He said the remarkably
increase registered in the number of Kashmiri Pandits visiting Kheer
Bhawani during last some years is encouraging phenomenon. Government
would continue to work to improve the facilities for the large number
of devotees visiting Kheer Bhawani, he added.
The Chief Minister said that Kashmiri Pandits are integral part of the
culture and ethos of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat. He said that their
return to the Valley is the cherished goal and desire of the
government and the civil society. He said the gradual improvement in
the security situation and generation of economic avenues for this
community would give required boost to the endeavours of the
government to achieve this goal.
A large number of KPs from all across the Valley, Jammu and various
parts of the Country arrived at Kheer Bhawani to participate in the
religious ceremony of Zestha Ashtami.