After a 10-month agitation that failed to persuade the government to accede to their demand for transfer from Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandit employees decided to call off their stike.
The Salaries of the protesting Pandit employees are being withheld by the J&K administration because they are refusing to do their duties.
The employees, hired under the Prime Minister’s special job scheme, had been protesting for the past over 300 days in Jammu, demanding relocation outside Kashmir.
It is here worth to mention that Pandit employees wanted to be sent to Jammu till they felt secure in Kashmir. The employees must sign a legal agreement promising not to request transfer outside of Kashmir as part of the PM’s special employment programme for migrants.
Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits employed in the Valley under the Prime Minister’s package moved to Jammu May 2022 following the killing of two colleagues — Rahul Bhat and Rajini Bala.
On Feb 4, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said many of the employees had resumed their duties in the Valley and directions were issued to release their pending salaries.