“Not All Hindus Residing In Valley Are Kashmiri Pandits”: High Court

“Not All Hindus Residing In Valley Are Kashmiri Pandits”: High Court

'Not All Hindus Residing In Valley Are Kashmiri Pandits': High Court

The High Court mentioned the time period Kashmiri Pandits doesn’t embrace different Hindu castes within the Valley.


Every Hindu dwelling within the Kashmir Valley is just not a Kashmiri Pandit and can’t get the advantages of particular job schemes meant for members of that particular group, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has mentioned in a current judgment.

Dismissing a plea looking for to incorporate some Hindu teams and Sikhs into the Prime Minister’s job bundle for Kashmiri Pandits, the court docket mentioned the goal group is a “individually identifiable group distinct from different Hindus residing within the Valley like Rajputs, Brahmins apart from Kashmiri Pandits, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and plenty of others,” mentioned Justice Sanjeev Kumar in his judgment on Tuesday.

The petitioners had argued that different Hindu teams, in addition to the Sikh group, too, had suffered a lot and must be thought-about for advantages much like those prolonged to non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits.

The court docket, nevertheless, mentioned the argument that they are often grouped collectively as Kashmiri Pandits was “preposterous and can’t be accepted”.

“There isn’t any denying the truth that in widespread parlance, Kashmiri Pandit is a group of Kashmiri-speaking Brahmins dwelling within the Valley for generations and are distinctly recognized by their gown, customs, and traditions,” the decide mentioned.

“It is, thus, tough to simply accept the competition of the realized counsel for the petitioners who’re principally Kshatriyas, Rajputs, Scheduled Caste, non-Kashmiri Brahmins (that they) must be handled as Kashmiri Pandits and admitted to the advantages of the Prime Minister’s revised bundle for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants.”

The solely query that continues to be to be decided is whether or not the petitioners, who’re, admittedly, not Kashmiri Pandits however belong to different Hindu castes, may be introduced throughout the definition of ‘Kashmiri Pandits’, in response to the judgment.

In 2009, the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, had rolled out a Prime Minister’s “bundle” aimed toward facilitating the return and rehabilitation in Kashmir Valley of Kashmiri migrants.

Under the scheme, 6,000 authorities jobs have been introduced for migrants Pandits. While 4,000 posts have already been crammed, 2,000 have been just lately marketed by the Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board.

Under a revised bundle introduced final 12 months, the federal government reserved the roles for Pandits who haven’t migrated from Kashmir. Such candidates are required to provide certificates of “non-migration” issued by the involved Deputy Commissioners.

The Deputy Commissioners, nevertheless, refused to challenge such certificates to non-Kashmiri Pandit Hindus.

The aggrieved teams then filed a petition earlier than the High Court looking for inclusion within the bundle saying it can’t be restricted to just one set of beneficiaries.

The petitioners mentioned the time period “Kashmiri Pandits”, utilized in SRO 425 of 2017, was large sufficient to incorporate all non-migrant communities and Hindu castes residing within the Kashmir Valley and have “equally suffered as non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits”.

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