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Voices for return of Pandits to Valley deceptive: Citizens Forum
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Voices for return of Pandits to Valley deceptive: Citizens Forum

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Jammu, July 22 : Citizens Forum, Jammu, a civil society organisation, on Monday, asserted that voices for the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley are not out of love for them, but for the fund of Rs 30,000 crore, which are to be spent on their rehabilitation programme.

'We had gone through this drama in 2002, when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, during his Chief Ministership, was offered a fund of Rs 10,000 crore by the veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, then the Premier, for the settlement of Kashmiri Pandits,' Forum president R K Chadha averred in a statement here.The Forum urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the authorities to ascertain the aspirations of the Kashmiri Pandits, who had been living away from their homes for a long time, before finalising any plans for their return to the Valley.

Mr Chadha stated, 'As far as KPs living in Jammu are concerned, they are our dear friends and Jammu has adopted and adjusted with them.'Love and affection bond the KPs, who came here as migrants, with the locals. In my opinion, we the Jammuites, have no problem with their getting settled here permanently.

'However, we have noticed some fringe elements hobnobbing with the Hurriyat people and leaders of the Nationalist Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and BJP, to demand the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, without giving a concrete plan of their security.'

Mr Chadha stated, 'In the name of giving an impression to the international community that we are ready to adjust Pandits with us in Kashmir, is a great deception. Those who are willing, should go back, but first, the authorities must properly ascertain that who and how many want to go back to the Valley.''

'Late Brig Gen Durga Prasad Dhar and I were asked to prepare Pandits to come to Kashmir. No one had agreed then, but the government had started spending funds in Kashmir, for the construction of flats for them.

''We request the Governor to first prepare a complete list of KP families, who want to go to the Valley, so that they do not get double benefits at both the places. For those, who wish to remain here in Jammu, make arrangements of a satellite township at Patnitop and Bhaderwah area for village tourism, to live and earn by receiving tourists in their planned houses,'' he added.(UNI)