‘Non-Package’ Pandit employees demand facilities; form body

SHABIR AHMAD
ANANTNAG: The migrant Kashmiri Pandit employees not appointed under the New Delhi-sponsored ‘special package’ Sunday accused the government of discriminating against them, even as they constituted a body to press for their demands.
Dozens of the Pandits who are already working in the Valley assembled at Mattan here, and announced the body, named Non-Package Migrant Employees Forum (NPMEF), to demand benefits equivalent to that of the migrants covered under the package.
“The government is providing all facilities to the migrant Pandit employees who were appointed under the ‘special package’. They get free accommodation in government quarters, but we are denied the facility,” president of NPMEF, Sameer Bhat, told Kashmir Reader.
“We have to put up in rented accommodations at various places paying Rs 3000 to 4000 as rent. But the government seems least bothered about our problems,” he said.
General Secretary of the forum Sanjeev Gupta said they were not against the facilities being provided to the other employees.
“They are among us. We are happy if they get any kind of facility. But we demand the same facilities for ourselves,” he said.
Vice President of the forum Sanjveev Koul said, “There are more than one thousand non-package migrant Pandit employees working in various departments in the Valley. There shall be no discrimination with us. The plight of all migrants is same, so we demand end to the discrimination with those not appointed under the package.”