Minister of state in Prime Minister's office, Jitendra Singh on Sunday said successive governments had discriminated against the migrant Pandit community by denying the government employees among them the privileges which other workers got.
Singh made the comments while addressing a delegation of state government employees belonging to the displaced minority community. The employees complained that they were being denied the 10 months' earned leave-encashment due to employees at the time of retirement.
"Such callousness on the part of the government does not only create unrest among the employees, but also creates divisions among different groups of employees," Singh said.
This, he said, was not only a violation of the terms and conditions under which a government engaged an employee, but also a violation of law.
The MoS said at a time when the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is trying its best to address the grievances of every section of refugees and displaced communities in Jammu and Kashmir, it is appalling that the state Government creates yet another issue of contention among a section of displaced community.
"Such anomaly, therefore, needs to be redressed without any further delay," Singh added.
Ashwani Charungoo, president of the Panun Kashmir group, who led the delegation, said he will appropriately follow the matter as advised by the minister.