News Desk, Press24 News, Srinagar
Published by: Vikas Kumar
Updated Wed, 15 Sep 2021 06:13 AM IST
The High Court held that Kashmiri Pandits mean the community which is a Kashmiri Brahmin and speaks Kashmiri. Its dress, lifestyle, traditions set this community apart from other Hindus.
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Justice Sanjeev Kumar of the High Court said that the package given by the Center for Kashmiri Pandits cannot be given to the people of Kshatriyas, Brahmins, Scheduled Castes living in Kashmir. In this regard, the government has defined the Kashmiri Pandit community by issuing an SRO. It was told from the petitioner that in the year 2017, the government amended the Prime Minister’s employment package to also consider those Kashmiri Pandits who did not migrate from the valley after November 1, 1989. That is, Kashmiri Pandits living in the valley along with the displaced were also made entitled to the employment package.
The petitioner said that on the basis of this amendment, all the Hindus living in the valley should be given the benefit of the Prime Minister’s employment package. On this, the High Court said that the government had issued SRO 425 in the year 2017. In which only the Kashmiri Pandit community is mentioned. The petitioner side has not challenged this SRO, only sought to bring other Hindus in the category of Kashmiri Pandit community, which cannot be accepted.
Kashmiri Pandit refers to the community that is a Kashmiri Brahmin and speaks Kashmiri
The High Court held that Kashmiri Pandits mean the community which is a Kashmiri Brahmin and speaks Kashmiri. Its dress, lifestyle, traditions set this community apart from other Hindus. Therefore, the arguments made in the petition are dismissed.
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