Won't allow separate settlements for KPs: NC

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 02, 2015 23:18 IST

Jammu and Kashmir's main opposition party National Conference on Saturday criticised the government's move to create separate settlements for migrant Kashmiri Pandits.

The party leaders said they want the Pandit community to return to their native place and live as part of Kashmir.

"We are against separate clusters for Kashmiri Pandits. We welcome them (to Kashmir), but we will not let the government create separate colonies for them," NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said during a rally against the new recruitment policy.

"National Conference has always worked for the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley. We have always said that we want them to return to the Valley and settle at their native places along with their Muslim brothers," he said.

Senior party leaders and workers were protesting against the new recruitment policy in the state. The party protested the policy which says all vacant posts would be filled on contractual basis for seven years.

The National Conference called the policy "anti-youth" and "injustice" with the youth of the state and demanded its immediate rollback.

"We will intensify our protests till the policy is rolled back," he said. The party said they will take course in case the government refuses to roll back the policy.

The NC supporters also burnt the PDP's flag in protest against the policy.

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