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Will build Pandit townships, rebuild temples in Kashmir: Amit Shah

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Jammu, Feb 18: Ten special townships and renovation and rebuilding of temples were among the promises made by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits on Tuesday.

The delegation, which included Utpal Kaul, Col Taj Tikoo, Dr Surinder Kaul, Sanjay Ganjoo and Parekisht Kaul, met Amit Shah to “express gratitude” to the government for abrogating Article 370 and 35-A.

During their meeting, the Kashmiri Pandits appealed to the Home Minister to address the issues of displaced Pandits on a priority basis.

The Pandits urged Amit Shah to take concrete steps for honourable and dignified return of the community to the Kashmir Valley.

Speaking to India Today TV, Utpal Kaul, who was part of the delegation, said that Amit Shah assured them that special townships will be created in all 10 districts of Kashmir Valley for the rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits. Kaul added that Amit Shah also assured them that all temples which have been desecrated and vandalised will be renovated again.

Amit Shah also assured the Kashmiri Pandits that the government will come up with special provisions so that the age limit for government jobs can be extended for the community. Kashmiri Pandits also presented copies of 'Rajtarangini' and 'Neelmat Puran' to Amit Shah.

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