SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court Tuesday sought response from governments of India and J&K to a petition seeking reservation in educational quota for non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits.
The division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Tashi Rabstan issued notices to Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs; Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, and Chief Secretary of J&K State, seeking a response within four weeks.
The petition moved by Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS) through its president Sanjay Tickoo cited two parliamentary standing committee reports calling for special budgetary provision for fulfilling genuine need of housing, employment and general living of 4000 non-migrant Pandits in light of their “pathetic” condition. The parliamentary committee had also recommended for grant of minority status to non-migrant Kashmiri Hindu families.
The counsel Saleem Gupkari submitted before court that the concessions and facilities provided to the migrant Kashmiris should also be extended to valley based Kashmiri Hindus.
It was submitted that apart from leaving 808 non-migrant Kashmiri Hindu families without any benefit or government concessions, the families are not getting the facilities which have been promised.
“It is important to give them better education so that they can survive and enable themselves to upgrade and rehabilitate themselves in Kashmir Valley,” Gupkari said.
“As such it was requested that the Special Quota provided to the Kashmiri Pandit Migrants in professional colleges across the country be extended to the Non Migrant 808 Kashmiri Pandit / Kashmiri Hindu families who are living in Kashmir Valley and it was also requested to issue necessary order / instructions to the concerned Institutions / Colleges / Universities so that the deserving candidates get benefit of the same so that they can uplift and upgrade the standard of living in Kashmir Valley which has become pitiable due to the volatile situation in Kashmir Valley and after which the said representation was accepted and forwarded to the Chief Secretary of the state for appropriate action but despite one year has elapsed with no response from any official respondents leading to loss of time and opportunity to deserving Kashmiri pandits,” the petitioner stated.