JAMMU, FEB 26:
“Daughters of Panun Kashmir”organized Herath Milan function today at Jammu in connection with the conclusion of the Shivratri festival. The impressive function was chaired by Smt. Moheni Raina, Chairperson, DOPK. Smt. Priya Sethi, Minister of State for Education, Culture, Tourism and Horticulture was the chief guest opn the occasion while shri Rajesh Gupta, MLA, Jammu East was the guest of honopur on the occasion. Shri Swami Kumar ji of Geeta Satsang Ashram and Shri Yudhvir Sethi, Vice President, BJP were the special guests in the programme. Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President, Panun Kashmir and shri R.K.Bhat, President, YouthAiks made forceful presentations in the important issues pertaining to the community. The programme was inaugurated with the lighting of traditional lamp by the dignitaries. Smt. Moheni Raina presented the welcome address. Those who were specially honoured on the occasion for their exceptional contribution to the social cause included Dr. Ved Kumar Ghai, Savita Bakshi, Bharat bhushan Bhat and O.P.Sharma. The Minister also released the Hindi edition of the Neelmatpurana edited by Dr. Ved Kumari Ghai in the programme. Bahu H.S.Mehta President, Khalsa Centre, London also spoke on the occasion. Vote of thanks was presented by Smt. Vimla Chrungoo, Secretary, DOPK while the proceedings of the programme were conducted by Ms. Kusum Tikoo, Sr. artist.
Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President, Panun Kashmir in his address said that the struggle in exile of the Kashmiri Pandit community has reached a very crucial stage where unity among its ranks and the ideological contours have to go together. In this connection he referred to “Comprehensive Political Agenda” launched recently by the KP Joint Action. He raised a number of cultural and social issues which concern the community in general.
R.K.Bhat, President, YouthAiks took the previous governments to task who he said did not fulful the promises made to the package employees. He expressed the hope that the present government would come out with solutions of the problems on priority.
Rajesh Gupta, MLA congratulated the KP community on the occasion of shivratri and said that the KPs throughout the world have taken the tradition of Kashmir successfully. He praised their sense of timing and said that their young men are the new icons for the future generations.
Priya Sethi, Minister expressed watrm greetings to the Kashmiri Pandit community on the occasiopn and jklsaid that the Pansdit community is the soul of Kashmir. There can be no Kashmir without the Pandits. they are the rightful owners of Kashmir. BJP is committed to their honourable and dignified settlement of the community in the valley as per their wishes. she accepted the proposal for the establishment of Vishnudharmuttarpurana project and extended all help in this regard. she expressed full sympathy to the female package employees and said that she is aware of their woes. she expressed the hope that their issues will be accorded urgent attention and it will be ensured that the demand made in the programme about them is taken to the logical conclusion. She felt happiness about the conduct of the programme and said that the Pandits have enriched their cultural moorings even in exile. she said that she will be always available for the community whenever her services are required.