By K.N. Pandita
For the first time, a half-hearted attempt has been made by the State government to casually address the issue of internally displaced persons from the valley.
The finance minister had a cryptic paragraph in his budget speech before the legislative assembly on 10 August 2009. For “our Kahmiri Pandit brothers and sisters”, he promised fifteen thousand jobs, and semblance of medical facility for the families whose head is in government service.
According to a rough estimate, there were about eleven thousand Pandit employees in the state government at the time of their exodus in 1990. The number has come down to less than two thousand by now, the rest having retired and new recruitments a far off cry. Continue Reading…