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No Kashmiri Pandit resigned from Govt job following protests in May this year: GoI

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Kashmir Pandit employees protest in Srinagar over Rahul Bhat's killing in May this year. [FPK File Photo/ Mukhtar Zahoor]

Srinagar: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) India on Tuesday said that no Kashmiri Pandit, working under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), has resigned in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit.

In May this year, police said a Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat was killed by militants in Chadoora Budgam district of central Kashmir.

In reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, MoS Home Nityanand Rai, according to the news agency Kashmir News Observer said that as per information provided by JK administration, no Kashmiri Pandit working under Prime Minister’s Development Package has resigned recently in protest of the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit in Kashmir Valley.

He added that under PM’s Development Package, 5,502 Kashmiri Migrants have been provided Government jobs, while government has approved construction of 6000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri migrant employees engaged or to be engaged in different departments of J&K government in the valley.

“Government has taken several measures to ensure safety of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. These include robust security and intelligence grid, proactive operations against militants, patrolling in the areas where the Kashmiri Pandits reside,” he said.

He also said that as per information provided by the JK administration, 28 migrant workers have been killed by militants since 2017, out of which 2 belonged to Maharashtra, 1 to Jharkhand, 7 to Bihar and none from MP.

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