As the ongoing protest by the Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees, who have refused to join their duty in the Valley following alleged attacks by mobs on their transit camps there, completed 100 days today, they urged the government to release their salaries “withheld” for the last three months.
“Our protest has completed 100 days today but so far nobody from the government has bothered to listen to our grievances. Our salaries have been withheld since July,”, President, All Migrant Employees Association Kashmir, Ruban Saproo said.
Over 1,500 employees from the KP community, employed under the Prime Minister’s rehabilitation package, had moved to Jammu after their transit camps in Kashmir were allegedly attacked by stone-pelting mobs in the wake of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
The employees said the situation currently in the Valley was not “conducive” for their return.
“The situation is not conducive for the return of the KP employees. We have resolved to return only when the entire community would return there,” Chairman, All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), Vinod Pandit said.
Saproo appealed the government to release the pending salaries of employees in view of the ongoing festival season.