Rahul Gandhi writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a message from Kashmiri scholars

Rahul Gandhi was in Jammu and Kashmir as part of Bharat Jodo Yatra

New Delhi:

Congressman Rahul Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking protection for Kashmiri Pandits who are working in the Kashmir valley amid terrorist targeting of recent murders.

Mr. Gandhi said he met a Kashmiri Pandit delegation in Bharat Jodo Yatra recently as it entered Jammu and Kashmir.

The head of parliament accused the delegation of complaining that the authorities in the Jammu region had forced Kashmiri Pandit employees, who had left the Kashmir valley after the terrorist attacks, to return to the valley and continue continue work.

“They (the Kashmiri Pandit’s delegation) told me that government officials forced them to go to the Kashmir valley to work. Bring them back to the Kashmir valley when the safety and security situation was clearly not good. This is a cruel act,” Gandhi said in Hindi in a letter to Prime Minister Modi.

“Until the situation improves, the government can use the services of these Kashmiri Pandit employees in other public and administrative facilities,” said the MP.

The Parliament’s Bharat Jodo Yatra march, or united India march, ended in Jammu and Kashmir last week, months after it began in Kanyakumari, India’s southernmost tip.

More than 5,000 Kashmiri scholars have worked in the Kashmir valley since being selected under the Prime Minister’s special employment package launched in 2010.

The package has two main components – creating jobs for 6,000 young Kashmiri scholars and building accommodation for them.

But many people have left the Kashmir valley due to safety concerns following the targeted killings by terrorists.


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