New Delhi: “This is shocking/disappointing that J&K Govt. has created anarchy in the process of assuring safe return of Jammu Students/ Workers stranded outside Jammu & Kashmir. The Administration of Jammu & Kashmir have issued so called guideline, attention for the residents of J&K stranded outside the State during Lockdown that instead of directing the Administration/Chief Ministers/Governors of each State to assure the return of all migrants from different States/Provinces after examining their resident status. It is a duty/responsibility of each State Administration to verify the status of each student and arrange their return to their respective States in appropriate transport as sanctioned by the Union Government. It is the Union Govt/Administration which is responsible to assure safe return of each migrant (student or worker) to his respective resident state”.
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of J&K National Panthers Party & Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India has expressed shock that the Govt. issued a notification which calls this as return, J&K Returnees and then the notice says that call so and so in Jammu with telephone numbers 9419116424 & 9419167771 for Jammu and similarly numbers 9469339499 & 7006621243 for Srinagar to give them student links and other information. Similarly two numbers have been given for information on Migrant Workers. It is surprising that these numbers do not return the call. Prof. Bhim Singh said that he had with all his office workers tried for hours but failed to get any response on these numbers which are supposed to be Jammu/Srinagar connections.
That the information note is, Form For Movement of Stranded Persons/Migrant Workers who have been locked inside go downs somewhere in many States. This form which, Prof. Bhim Singh got through internet needs to be filled by an internet expert and qualified person. It is surprising that bureaucrat working in Delhi have not understood that this problem is faced by most of the labourers working in different States outside J&K and they are not that qualified nor internet system is available with them in the dark rooms where they must have been locked for days. Some of them, as I received information from Gujarat & UP have received no proper food for days.
Prof. Bhim Singh has urged the President of India for the reason that Jammu & Kashmir is under President’s Rule and the President is the only competent authority to deal with the situation which has reason out of spread of Covid-19. There are thousands of students, labourers/workers stranded in other States and they have been crying for the safe return to their respective home States. Jammu & Kashmir has no government, the entire leadership is either in jail in J&K or silent because of the terror of detention without trial under Public Safety Act, though it is no more a valid law in J&K.
Prof. Bhim Singh has urged the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind to appoint a reasonable authority which can handover the responsibility of the safe return of all the J&K Migrants from other States. It is the responsibility of the Administration of each State in India to locate the J&K migrants/students, stranded persons to assure their safe return. Issuing notification through Internet is a futile exercise because the suffering students/labourers kept in some lockdown cannot fill the forms etc. nor they have computers/nor most of them are capable to read or write. This exercise as advertised by J&K Government under its heading, “Jammu & Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (A J&K Government Undertaking)” is a futile exercise only to mislead the people and ignore the stranded labourers/students outside J&K.
Identity Card or Aadhar Card should be enough for identifying a J&K Labour or Student. Let each State Government provide a list of J&K residents/students/labourers held up in respective States outside J&K. This is the responsibility of the State Administration wherever J&K residents are residing/held up during this Corona Virus (Covid-19).