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“Not All Hindus Residing In Valley Are Kashmiri Pandits”: Substantial Courtroom

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The Large Courtroom explained the expression Kashmiri Pandits does not include other Hindu castes in the Valley.


Every single Hindu living in the Kashmir Valley is not a Kashmiri Pandit and are not able to get the rewards of special position schemes intended for users of that unique group, the Jammu and Kashmir Superior Court has reported in a recent judgment.

Dismissing a plea trying to get to involve some Hindu groups and Sikhs into the Primary Minister’s job package deal for Kashmiri Pandits, the courtroom claimed the focused group is a “independently identifiable neighborhood distinct from other Hindus residing in the Valley like Rajputs, Brahmins other than Kashmiri Pandits, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and several some others,” reported Justice Sanjeev Kumar in his judgment on Tuesday.

The petitioners experienced argued that other Hindu groups, in addition to the Sikh local community, too, had endured much and ought to be regarded for benefits identical to the types prolonged to non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits.

The court docket, nevertheless, claimed the argument that they can be grouped together as Kashmiri Pandits was “preposterous and can’t be recognized”.

“There is no denying the truth that in typical parlance, Kashmiri Pandit is a neighborhood of Kashmiri-speaking Brahmins residing in the Valley for generations and are distinctly recognized by their dress, customs, and traditions,” the decide reported.

“It is, thus, tricky to acknowledge the contention of the learned counsel for the petitioners who are mostly Kshatriyas, Rajputs, Scheduled Caste, non-Kashmiri Brahmins (that they) should be dealt with as Kashmiri Pandits and admitted to the rewards of the Prime Minister’s revised deal for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants.”

The only question that stays to be established is whether or not the petitioners, who are, admittedly, not Kashmiri Pandits but belong to other Hindu castes, can be brought within just the definition of ‘Kashmiri Pandits’, according to the judgment.

In 2009, the then Primary Minister, Manmohan Singh, experienced rolled out a Key Minister’s “package” aimed at facilitating the return and rehabilitation in Kashmir Valley of Kashmiri migrants.

Underneath the scheme, 6,000 federal government work opportunities were declared for migrants Pandits. When 4,000 posts have previously been filled, 2,000 had been recently advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Service Assortment Board.

Underneath a revised deal introduced very last yr, the government reserved the work opportunities for Pandits who have not migrated from Kashmir. These types of candidates are demanded to make certificates of “non-migration” issued by the involved Deputy Commissioners.

The Deputy Commissioners, nonetheless, refused to problem this sort of certificates to non-Kashmiri Pandit Hindus.

The aggrieved groups then filed a petition prior to the Significant Court docket trying to get inclusion in the package saying it can’t be restricted to only a single established of beneficiaries.

The petitioners stated the phrase “Kashmiri Pandits”, made use of in SRO 425 of 2017, was large adequate to involve all non-migrant communities and Hindu castes residing in the Kashmir Valley and have “similarly experienced as non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits”.


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