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Kashmir-based KPs seek quota in academic institutions
HC issues notice to Centre, state
4/24/2019 12:51:36 AM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Apr 23: The J&K High Court on Tuesday issued a notice returnable in four weeks to the Centre and state government on a Public Interest Litigation seeking extension of admission benefits in various academic institutions in the country granted to Valley-based Kashmiri Pandits.
A division bench of the court issued notice which was waived by Assistant Solicitor General of India T Shamsi and senior additional advocate general B A Dar for central and state government respectively. The court has sought response within four weeks.
Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti through its president Sanjay Tickoo had filed the writ petition seeking directions to the authorities concerned to take appropriate time bound action on the representations it has made on April 9, 2018 and March 1, 2019. On behalf of the petitioner, advocate Salim Gopkari submitted that the Samiti had made representations to union Home Ministry and Higher Education Ministry of Human Resource Development through their secretaries.
"The petitioner in view of the two parliamentary standing reports had represented with the official respondents to extend concessions and facilities to the Kashmiri migrants to the Kashmiri Pandit community living in Kashmir Valley".
Seeking the government concessions for better education and other related benefits under "Central/State minority quota" or "SC/ST quota, the Samiti said: "As such it was requested that the special quota provided to the Kashmiri Pandit migrants in professional colleges across the country be extended to the non-migrant 808 Kashmiri Pandit/Kashmiri Hindu families who are living in Kashmir Valley." The Sangarash Samiti also seeks directions for issuing necessary order and instructions to the concerned institutions, colleges and universities so that the deserving candidates get the benefit.
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