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Kashmiri Pandits to stay in govt. houses after retirement: HC

The Delhi High Court on 30 November has asked the Union government to allow the retired Kashmiri government employees to stay in the houses provided by the government until they are provided with other alternative accommodations. It becomes the responsibility of the state to look after all those displaced from their native places as a result of insurgency or any other threat factor.  Justice Mittal in her order said: “A direction is issued to the respondents to make all endeavours to adequately, effectively and reasonably rehabilitate and resettle the petitioners, making provisions for appropriate accommodations for them.” She added, “Till the time the respondents are able to provide alternative accommodations to the petitioners or to her or his family anywhere in Delhi, the petitioners shall be allowed to retain and occupy the allotted accommodations subject to payment of normal license fees.” Justice Gita Mittal has also asked the government to pay Rs 25000 to each employee as litigation costs.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 21

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