Kashmiri Pandits demand smart city in Valley


Srinagar: An organisation representing Kashmiri Pandits on Saturday demanded that the Centre announce a smart city in Kashmir for the displaced community members who have been living a life of “refugees in their own country”. “We were expecting that the Modi government would have announced a smart city for displaced community in the third round announcement of 27 more smart cities.

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But unfortunately we have again been ignored despite the fact that we are the worst victims of the ongoing terrorism and are living as refugees in our own country for the last 26 years,” YAIKS president Ram K Bhat said here. “A total of 60 out of 100 smart cities have been announced this year without any consideration of KP community,” he added.

“We appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Housing and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu that as per their assurances they should announce the smart city for displaced community without any delay,” he added.

The organisation said the government has sent out “feelers” of rehabilitation packages but never drawn any comprehensive long term plan for repatriation of Kashmiri Pandits, he added. The demand for a smart city by Kashmiri Pandits comes after the National Conference aid last week that denial of smart cities status to Jammu, Srinagar and Katra raised a big question mark on the credibility of PDP-BJP dispensation.

National Conference leader Devender Singh Rana had particularly signled out the PDP because it allegedly took extra pains in marketing the dream to people of the state in a big way, “Where are the smart cities in the yet another list reportedly notified by the Centre,” the NC Provincial President asked in a statement issued here, adding the BJP stands fully exposed.

He said the people should not be surprised as the present dispensation in the state has abdicated its responsibility towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their development.

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