Agence India Press
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government claims to have constructed Pandit colony at Sheikhpora, Budgam, at a huge amount of 200 million rupees to rehabilitate migrant Pandits, they (Government) claim, colony have all basic facilities like shop slots, electric sub-division, concrete flats, macadamized road, children park, over head water tank.
But the inhabitants of the colony narrate different story in contrast to the government claims, they said government never full filled the promise; they left us in fools paradise.
So far, 208 flats are being constructed to rehabilitate the migrant pandits, 31 families have been shifted to the pandit colony from different areas of district Budgam in 2008, last year 141 Kashmiri pandit youth were shifted to the pandit colony under Employment-cum-Rehabilitation policy, yet no out station migrant family return to this colony.
Vinod Kohli, 27, told Agence India Press that, they have been assembled to show world that pandit community still exists in Kashmir Valley, when government claims that they have a bed of roses in this colony, their living conditions are wore than refuges.
Kohli also said that there is under ground electric line in the colony which is not working, they compelled us to use alternative hanging electric line which is unsafe. For the last four days they have not seen electricity.
Moreover, material used in building construction is not up to the mark, sanitation, roads, water supply is in miserable condition. They are facing transport inconveniences, Kohli added.
“No one comes to inquire whether we are alive here or not, even though when we reached Relief Commissioner to complain about fatigue of the colony he answers in a rude manner, if you are not comfortable here, you may leave the colony.” Says provoked Kohli.
Veerjee, 28, is one among those youth who has been shifted to this colony under Employment-cum-Rehabilitation Policy told Agence India Press that, he is sharing single room with four people, when government announced they will provide them individual rooms.
Opinder Kohli, 40, said his family has been shifted to the colony in 2008 from Hoshru Budgam along with two more families left there, he was happy to come to the colony where he found more people of his Pandit community.
“Assembling in the colony helped us to keep our tradition and culture alive, we begun to celebrate festivals, marriage and other occasions in traditional style, but we lack basic facilities in this colony, we are in hot water and like fishes out of the water, ” added disappointed Opinder.
However, he was happy with the locals approach towards them; they are moving freely in the locality with out any hesitation. He misses those days when he used to live with his relatives and friends at his birthplace.
“My three uncles migrated to Jammu and settled there. They also convinced us to come along with them but our family decided to dwell in Kashmir. I wish to call my relatives and friends back but I always convey them not to return till government full fill our promises to provide us basic facilities, ” says dissatisfied Opinder.
He said when government is not able to facilitate 31 families, how come they will provide facility to 200 families. Nonetheless government must take step to improve the conditions of the dwelling pandits in colony so that a positive massage will go out to compel other migrant pandits to come back to the valley. (AIP News)
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