Kashmiri Pandits urge Centre to increase relief, job opportunities in Budget session

“We had high expectations from the BJP. We view Modi ji as our guide. However, tangible progress has yet to materialise. We remain hopeful for a substantial enhancement of relief, surpassing previous allocations,” Kaul said.

The KPV also pressed for a renewed employment package tailored for the community in the valley under the prime minister’s package of 2010. “The second demand is to provide a minimum of 5,000 jobs for the youth in Kashmir under a special package following the model of Kashmiri Pandit employees working in the valley. Unemployment within our community is a significant concern here,” Kaul added.

The BJP, meanwhile, has hit the campaign trail in Jammu and Kashmir with the aim of winning all five Lok Sabha seats in the Union Territory, senior party leader Ashok Kaul said on Saturday.

“We have started work for the forthcoming elections. The party has appointed Dr Nirmal Singh as sector in-charge for the five Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir,” Ashok Kaul told reporters at Anantnag after a party meeting, and said the BJP would set up six election offices in the five constituencies, to begin functioning from 30 January.

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