JKNPP holds massive protest at Jantar Mantar seeking relief & compensation for Jammu (Talwara) Migrants at par with Kashmir Migrants

Intensifying the momentum for ensuring the rights and justice to Jammu (Talwara) migrants Panthers Party held a massive protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi spearheaded by Chairman of JKNPP, Shri Harsh Dev Singh, State President-JKNPP Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia and State President Young Panthers, Shri Yashpaul Kundal along with more than 500 activists here on Tuesday.  The indignant protestors raised slogans of-“Jammu migrants se Bhed Bhaav…Band karo, band karo”, “Talwara migrants ke saath….Insaaf karo, insaaf karo”, “Dokhey aur Zulam Ki Rajneeti …Nahin Chalegi, Nahin Chalegi” and “State government… Hai Hai”. A delegation led by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia and Mr. Yashpaul Kundal under police escort, submitted a detailed memorandum to the Union Minister for Home, Shri Rajnath Singh for seeking immediate relief and compensation for Talwara Migrants at par with Kashmir Migrants. Later, hundreds of protestors led by Balwant Singh Mankotia marched towards the Parliament but they were stopped and restrained by the Delhi Police from proceeding further. Moreover, Mr. Mankotia along with six Panthers Party leaders namely Rajiv Jolly Khosla, S. Paramjit Singh Marshall, Gagan Pratap Singh, Sham Gorkha, Neeraj Gupta, S. Randhir Singh were arrested and detained in the Parliament Street Police Station.

While addressing the huge gathering Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said that more than 2000 families of Jammu (Talwara) migrants have been languishing in Talwara  in District Reasi who were forced to flee from their respective homes because of the  prevalent militancy .He said that the Panthers party fought against the J&K government for six years in the Supreme Court yelling for  the justice to be delivered to these families and the Apex court in 2006 finally directed the State government to pay all the arrears amounting to 21 crores to the Jammu migrants and provide the relief to them at par with the Kashmiri migrants but  to the dismay no penny has been paid to them so far. In fact, they have been ignored, forgotten and discriminated by the Central and the State governments.

Mr. Harsh Dev Singh pointed out that earlier BJP government in the Centre raised relief for Kashmiri Pandits from Rs. 400/- to Rs. 1000/- per person per month and Rs. 1600/- to 4000/- per family per month and now it has been raised from Rs.4000/- to Rs. 10,000/- per family per month where as Jammu migrants were completely kept out of this package. Moreover, the Central & the State Govts. released a special package for Kashmir Migrants for their rehabilitation in Kashmir Valley with sanctions of full expenses of their new houses and exclusive Kashmir Migrants Colony in the valley but on the contrary the Jammu migrants were ignored once again with the Governments of India and J&K State refusing even to provide them financial assistance to rebuild their houses which were destroyed by terrorists during terrorists from 1998 to 2002.

Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia vociferously exhorted the state government to provide them relief in cash and kind at par with kashmiri Pandit migrants as directed by the Supreme Court along with all the arrears and the package which has been provided to the latter for their return and rehabilitation in their native villages with the guarantee that the relief shall continue in their favour for five years till their lands turns worth cultivation. He also demanded that all the unemployed Talwara migrants’ youth and children should be provided the same package, jobs and educational facilities which has been provided to the Kashmiri Pandit Migrants. Mankotia said that these migrants are also facing the wrath of acute shortage of power and water supply which has added to the woes of ailing, women and children and demanded early restoration of their regular supply in the camps at Talwara. Mankotia finally exhorted the Union government to provide all the relief and compensation to the Jammu (Talwara) migrants or else Panthers party shall intensify its stir in the days to come.

Mr. Yashpaul Kundal said that deprivation of Jammu region migrants in the matter of relief and rehabilitation is not only discriminatory against Jammu region but constitutes the highest from of huamn right violation. He regretted that the BJP government which had been creating a lot of hue and cry on the pathetic plight of Jammu migrants had completely disregarded them and denying them the much needed relief despite the Apex Court directions.

Prominent among those who led the protest included Balwan Singh, Chairman-Migrants Committee, Jagdev Singh, S. Paramjit Singh Marshall, Chamel Singh, Sumitra Devi, Taro Devi, Pawan Singh, Mahinder Singh, Gagan Pratap Singh, Sham Gorkha, Raghubir Singh, Sukhjit Singh, Arun Khajuria, Rajeshwar Singh, Udhay Veer Singh, Nirmal Kishore, Romesh Khajuria, S. Randhir Singh, Darshan Paroch, Surjit Singh Guleria, Balwinder Khosla, Neeraj Gupta, Surjit Singh Sambyal, Romesh Khajuria, Rajinder Parshad Sharma, A.J. Rajan and others.  

Vaishno Devi Tourists Service Tax insult to entire Hindu fraternity

Vaishno Devi Bhavan

Vaishno Devi Bhavan 

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party in a statement condemned the Service Tax of Hindu pilgrims travelling by helicopter for darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi and described it as much worst than ‘Jajia’ imposed by the Mughals on the Hindus during their rule. NPP Supremo said that India is a secular country and the minorities are treated with utmost respect and dignity. Even Constitution of India has guaranteed them fundamental rights to practice any religion. There could be no discrimination on the basis of religion. He said that this is a great tragedy that RSS became ruling partners in J&K for the first and last time. This ‘Jajia’ (Service Tax) could not have been imposed on the Hindu pilgrims without consent of the BJP (RSS) ministers in J&K.

NPP Supremo said that all the tourists including pilgrims have to pay all kind of taxes like Sale Tax, Purchase Tax and even Service Tax while purchasing tickets by Airlines or helicopters. Imposing Service Tax on the Vaishno Devi pilgrims travelling by helicopters within J&K is highly deplorable and cannot be accepted in a secular state. He asked Prime Minister Modi to explain it the country men why his government has insulted the Hindu pilgrims when the Hindus all over India voted for Modi for his ‘Hindutva’. Modi was given highly emotional reception by the Hindu citizens in USA, Kerala and all other countries wherever he went.

NPP Supremo asked Prime Minister Modi, Is it your response to your Hindu voters?  Is it not insult to the entire Hindu fraternity in India and abroad? Can Mr. Modi justify this ‘Jajiya’ on Vaishno Devi pilgrims? Prof.Bhim Singh further added that India’s secularism is demonstrated by the fact that our Muslim fraternity travelling by air from J&K to Mecca are given subsidy on the expenses of their travels including air tickets, which is a great gesture of secular India but he asked Prime Minister how could you justify this obnoxious tax (Jajiya) on Hindu travellers to Mata Vaishno Devi in J&K.

He called on the Panthers Party activists and the leaders to take up this movement to its logical end.