Kashmiri Pandits sit on hunger strike for govt jobs

Jammu, Jan 28 (PTI) Protesting against the J-K government’s alleged failure in filling vacant government posts, sanctioned by the Prime Minister under special employment package, hundreds of displaced Kashmiri Pandits today sat on hunger strike, prompting a minister to seek 10-day time to look into the matter. Over 250 youths raising anti-government slogans, sat on hunger strike at Press Club demanding filling up of remaining 1,562 posts out of total 3,000 posts sanctioned for migrant youths. “We have been running from pillar to post for implementation of the cabinet order for recruitment to remaining 1,562 post for past over one year,” said Sanjay Kaul, who led the protest. Following the protest, Minister for Revenue and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla met the agitators and appealed them to suspend the hunger strike and sought ten days time to iron out legal hurdles in the implementation of the employment package. “I came here to urge you to end the hunger strike. I am with you. Your demand is justified. We will try to solve the issue,” Bhalla, a senior Congress leader, told gathering.

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