Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed government to examine and consider the case of 17 Kashmiri Pandits, who were denied individual flats at Budgam in central Kashmir under Prime Minister’s special package for the migrants, because they had not met the criterion of having their children studying from kindergarten onwards.
In their petition before the court, the KPs averred that the respondents including government through Commissioner Secretary Revenue have decided to allocate single residential quarter at Sheikhpora Migrant Colony in Budgam to the employees engaged under PM’s Package and are going to allocate a full-fledged flat to families whose wards are studying from UKG onwards and are regular students of various private or government institutions.
While challenging the order, the petitioners submitted that there is no qualified provision enunciating such eligibility for allotment of the quarter. The action of the respondents, they said, is “arbitrary, unjustified, uncalled for” and against their interests, leaving no option for them but to approach the court.
After hearing them through their counsels—advocates Nasir Qadri and Danish Ishtiyaq Mufti—a bench of Justice Bansi Lal Bhat directed the respondents to examine and consider the case of petitioners for allotment of full-fledged quarter keeping in the view the PM’s package along with policy formulated by the state government for return and rehabilitation of the migrants.
The respondents, the bench said, shall make a decision in the light of the averments made in the petition and observations made by the court within a month.
Besides, Revenue Secretary, other respondents include Commissioner Relief and Rehabilitation Migrant Jammu, Deputy Commissioner Relief Organization Migrant Srinagar and Tehsildar incharge transit Sheikhpora Budgam.
The petitioners—Hitesh Wali and others—had taken plea that they are Kashmiri migrants who have left their homes after the onset of militancy in the Valley in 1990.
They said the Government of India under PM’s package forwarded a recommendation for Confidence Building Measures in the state, whereby the KPs were given packages tor housing purposes and were also appointed in various departments of the state under the J&K Kashmiri Migrants (Special Drive) Recruitment Rules 2009.
The petitioners said they executed an agreement with the state government that they shall serve in the Kashmir Valley against the posts they are appointed.
The petitioners said they and their families were persuaded to return to Valley and were allotted accommodation on sharing basis at Sheikhpora, Migrant Colony.
In view of the policy for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, the petitioners said, they were entitled to be considered for full-fledged allotment of a single quarter.