Rehabilitation?

The government seems in no position to rehabilitate the sufferers who lost their livelihood or their bread earners in one way or the other during the past eighteen years. While the kin of the decea...

The government seems in no position to rehabilitate the sufferers who lost their livelihood or their bread earners in one way or the other during the past eighteen years. While the kin of the deceased accuse government of apathy and indifference, the former militants curse the day when they got lured by offer of jobs and a decent life. The persons including some former militants who did a "favour to the country" by contesting elections at the behest of the authorities and got killed in the process must be taking turns in their graves. Their families have been left to fend for themselves. They have been totally ignored. And with nobody to fall back upon, some of the hapless families now live on charity. When the state government introduced SRO-43, which seeks compassionate employment to the kin of the deceased, the people by and large felt that the dream of rehabilitation of the victims was about to come true. This SRO could have solved the problem to a large extent had it been invoked rightly, effectively and honestly. But, unfortunately this important SRO was put on hold for unknown reasons and the results are obvious. Apart from subjecting the distressed people to severe hardships, the decision of the government forced scores of destitute women to join the oldest profession of the world. The story of government's failure does not end here. The former militants who applied for various jobs and got selected could never join their duties. The police and the intelligence agencies subjected them to scrutiny. These agencies in their respective reports while describing the unfortunate lot as a threat to the unity and integrity of the country recommend immediate cancellation of their appointment orders. This is how rehabilitation takes place here. Some questions arise. What does rehabilitation mean to the government? And, who deserve rehabilitation? Rehabilitation, for the information of the government is a process, which starts with convincing a person to come out of the mess he is in and ends at extending help (in the form of concessions). This process is meant for enabling a person to stand up on his legs and start the life a fresh. But in this neglected land, a person is first convinced to come in the so-called mainstream. He is promised help in the form of a job or a soft loan. And when he obeys he is subjected to scrutiny by the intelligence agencies. Notwithstanding the gravity of the situation the government adjusts its favourites (in the interest of administration) in various departments through the backdoor and admits it shamelessly on the floor of the house. This is ridiculous and sends wrong signals to the victims who suffered at the hands of the state or non-state actors. The government does not seem interested in addressing the problem. This became evident when a coalition partner strongly opposed the resolution (in the legislative assembly) seeking return of the youth from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK). At this crucial juncture the government must have clear policy on rehabilitation. The government says that the embargo on the SRO-43 has already been lifted. If it is true the process must be accelerated. Let the government fulfill its promises on rehabilitation.

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