Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday distributed orders of appointment among a group of persons who had lost their eyesight from pellet injuries sustained during the Kashmir’s 2016 uprising.
“This is in continuation of her earlier measures taken for the rehabilitation of the victims of violence during the unrest of last year,” the government spokesman stated.
The spokesman said that it may be recalled that the Chief Minister had also disbursed financial assistance on September 14 and 28 among two groups of such pellet victims.
“Besides, the Chief Minister had supervised the treatment of these victims last year as well,” the spokesman added.
More than 15,000 people were injured by bullets and pellets – lead-coated metal balls, fired from shotguns – in the year 2016. The pellets have left over 400 young boys and girls in Kashmir partially or completely blind. Around 14 percent of the pellet victims are below 15 years of age.
The spokesman said the chief minister had initiated a series of measures for the rehabilitation, social integration and empowerment of the youth of the state.
“Recently the Chief Minister directed withdrawal of cases against more than 4,000 youth involved in various cases of law and order nature. The step was widely hailed by all sections of society,” the spokesman stated.