Kashmiri Pandit staff to be posted at tehsil, district headquarters: LG Sinha

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Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha on Sunday said all Kashmiri Pandit Prime Minister (PM) Package Employees across the Valley will be posted at district and tehsil headquarters, reported Hindustan Times.

The governor’s announcement came in the aftermath of the killing of a government employee, Rahul Bhat, by two militants in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday.

The incident had triggered protests across the Valley, with as many as 350 employees threatening to resign from their government jobs.

“All the PM package employees will be posted at secured district and tehsil headquarters. Jammu & Kashmir Police will ensure adequate security to employees and their family members,” the Lt Governor told a delegation led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J-K unit chief Ravinder Raina.

The six-member delegation had sought security of the Kashmiri Pandits.

All concerns will be addressed in a time-bound manner, Sinha said.

The LG said he has constituted a special cell for PM package employees in the LG secretariat to look into grievances of the Kashmiri Pandit employees. The cell will coordinate with district administrations and other departments to resolve all issues. Additional secretary Akshay Labroo will serve as the cell’s nodal officer, he said.

Sinha said a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to probe Bhat’s killing as well as use of force against Kashmiri Pandit employees during their protest.

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