Reorganization of J&K inevitable after Telangana

An emergency meeting of the National Executive of the Panthers Party hailed the restoration of Telangana as a state within the Indian Union after nearly 60 years of its merger with Andhra Pradesh.

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party while welcoming the historic decision, though much delayed and hoped that the Central leadership and the Parliament shall read the writings on the walls of tomorrow’s history to respond the call of the people of J&K for Reorganization of the State which was an unnatural and heterogeneous union established in 1846 under the leadership of Maharaja Gulab Singh. He said that all the three constituent of the state namely Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu Pradesh can grow under the new formation after the Reorganization of the State on the basis of cultural, geographical and linguistic identity of its each region. He hoped that the Parliament shall initiate the process without delay. Reorganization of J&K, he said, is the only lasting resolution of political, social and economic problems within the State. This is the only way out and permanent solution.

Home Secretary directed to report on implementation of HC & SC orders regarding relief to Jammu Migrants

Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Chairperson, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs today directed Shri Anil Goswami to find out the fate of J&K High Court ruling and implementation of Supreme Court judgment in connection with the relief entitlement of Jammu Migrants. The Jammu Migrants prominently known as Talwara Migrants have not been given relief for several years in spite of the judgment/orders of the Supreme Court of India. Mr. Naidu gave this direction after hearing Panthers Party Supremo, Prof. Bhim Singh and its President, Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia, MLA during the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs with the representatives of the Kashmiri & Jammu Migrants.

Prof. Bhim Singh in his submission along with Mr. Mankotia told the Standing Committee chaired by Mr. Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of Shri L.K. Advani and others that the Govt. of J&K has defied the direction of the Supreme Court given in Panthers Party’s writ petition in 2006 to provide regular relief to the Jammu Migrants at par with Kashmiri Migrants. The Supreme Court had also directed the Govt. of India and the Govt. of J&K to pay balance of arrears to the Jammu Migrants which amounted to Rs.21 crores. He told the members of the Committee that Jammu Migrants have not been registered properly, instead, thousands of the names were deleted by the administration. He told the high power committee of the Parliament that J&K Govt. was interested to implement Dixon Plan to create an Islamic Republic of Kashmir by dissecting Muslim majority areas of Jammu Pradesh. He accused the National Conference for bringing Pak-trained terrorists to J&K via Nepal.

He also blamed the Central leadership for completely ignoring the Jammu Migrants at all levels in giving concessions. He said that Govt. of India had insured special jobs to the Kashmiri migrants, the Kashmiri Migrants are getting special admissions in other states in the educational institutions whereas Jammu Migrants have not been provided any package in services, educational institutions nor the monthly allowance has been enhanced in favour of the Jammu Migrants. He told the committee that Kashmiri Migrants allowance was raised by the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee whereas Jammu Migrants remained ignored. He further said that rehabilitation policy has been framed and houses have been raised in Jammu province for Kashmiri Migrants whereas no such steps have been taken in respect of Jammu Migrants.

Prof. Bhim Singh further demanded special package for final rehabilitation of the Jammu Migrants back in their own villages by providing them full social and physical security. Prof. Bhim Singh also raised the issue of police assault on the Panthers Party leaders while they were leading a peaceful march to Delhi from Talwara seeking implementation of the Supreme Court order. He informed the committee Ms. Anita Thakur was beaten, dragged, Advocate H.C. Jalmeria’s leg was broken and Senior Journalist, P.K. Ganjoo was manhandled. All of them were detained in police station. He said this case of police assault on the migrants and JKNPP leaders is pending for final hearing before the Supreme Court of India.

Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia also made a strong appeal to the members of the committee to ensure equitable treatment and relief to the Jammu Migrants. He also demanded implementation of the Supreme Court order so that children and the families of the Jammu Migrants could be saved from suffering, hunger and starvation.

On the request of Prof. Bhim Singh, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu announced that he will send a sub-committee to study the situation regarding the Jammu Migrants as well as the Kashmiri Migrants.