Thousands of stranded Kashmiri students and workers facing untold miseries, want to go home

By Abdul Bari Masoud

New Delhi: Taking up the cause of thousands of Jammu and  Kashmir (J&K) migrant labourers stuck outside the state in the wake of a national lockdown affected to contain the Novel Corona or Covid-19 virus epidemic spread, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in  Rajya Sabha spoke to Chief Ministers of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. He urged the CMs to make arrangement of their return.

These labourers migrate every winter for work in neighbouring states. In a normal course of events they would have gone back to J&K towards the beginning of April month however a national lockdown has forced them to stay back in their respective areas within Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. As there is no commercial activity it has not only affected their earnings but also put mental and financial pressure on them.

Highlighting the need for permitting these labourers to return to J&K, Azad asked these CMs   that these labourers be allowed to go back to J&K and all the Chief Ministers have shown their willingness in this regard.

Senior congress leader Azad, who is also former chief minister of J&K and  a former union minister, said he also spoke with  Lt. Governor of J&K,  G C Murmu  and Chief Secretary, in this regard, and requested them to make necessary arrangements for getting back these labourers.

There are more than 3,000 residents of Jammu and Kashmir, including 800 students, who are stranded in different parts of India due to the ongoing lockdown.

Besides this, thousands of Kashmiri students are stranded in  Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Iran and several other countries with their families back in the Valley worried about their health and well-being.  They are living under constant fear and distress as most of them  are running out of money without receiving any support from the governments in these countries. They have appealed to the Indian government to evacuate them from there.

In Ukraine, at least 200 Kashmiri students are stranded. Mohammad Aasif Tariq, who is studying medicine at Sumi State University in Ukraine, said they have been lodged in a crowded hostel room.

Stranded Kashmiri students and workers are using social media to highlight their plight to the authorities. They plead for the immediate evacuation from their respective places.

A group of female students stuck  in Zia Sarai Hauz Khaas, Delhi told  a Kahsmiri newspaper that they are stranded since the first lockdown was announced last month and  facing a lot of difficulties  during the holy month Ramadan.

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  1. The voice of Kashmirs became useless after PM Modi’s center government abrogated Article 370. The state is under lock down within lock down for more that 9 months. The ‘Digital India’ has granted only 2G network connections. Most of the journalist are booked under UAPA for raising the voice. The Kashmirs seems are living in open ‘detention center’ with highest military presence with no livelihood to support.
    Is Kashmirs are stateless in their own nation?
    Where is the normalcy government presenting to the world?
    What is the position of the tourism of the state?
    How many political leaders are still under government detention?

    Jai Hind


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