KP migrant employees stage protest against Edu Minister’s ‘diktat’

Refusing to join duties without written assurances by the government, the Kashmiri Pandit migrant employees on Tuesday staged a massive protest in Jammu against what they termed a “diktat” by the Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on July 31.

Bukhari had threatened to terminate the services of the migrant employees if the failed to join their duties in the valley within 15 days. The protesting employees assembled here on Tuesday staged a protest here and demanded written assurances from the government regarding the safety of all employees.

“ We have written to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, about our concerns and we cannot go until there is a written communication about our safety,” a protesting employee said. The protestors also demanded shifting of migrant camps at several places in the valley.

“The situation in the Valley is not safe. Governmnet must address our concerns before issuing diktats,” they said. They said that they will continue protests till the government addresses their concerns. It should be noted that Education Minister, Altaf Bukhari had said, “ “I bring to their (KP migrant employees) notice that if they dont join in Kashmir as per the notice period of 15 days, they will be terminated,” J&K Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari told reporters at a function here today.

“We have to give more 3,000 jobs to KP migrant boys and girls. They are getting jobs to serve in Kashmir as a special dispensation under the PMs special package,” he had said. The state government on July 26 had asked migrant employees, who left Kashmir in 2016 due to prolonged unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, to report to the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) within a week’s time. On failure to do so, the authorities have threatened to take disciplinary action against them.

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