Back from PaK, Tariq struggles with hassles in school admissions

Srinagar: The two years hardship faced by him has made him realize that the so called rehabilitation policy has pushed him from frying pan into fire.

Tariq Ahmad, the father of three, who chose to shun the path of violence in 2012 and decided to return home in Srinagar is yet to find school admissions for his children and a dignified livelihood for himself.

Tariq who hails from Chattabal area of Srinagar was a Municipal inspector in Pakistan Administered Kashmir. After his return home he now owns an auto rickshaw that earns livelihood for his family. Talking to reporters here, he said that for his elder son, Aamir a 9th class student, he sought admission in a local school. However, he was told by the school authorities that the admission shall be followed by the registration from the Board of School Education. “From the last three months, I am making rounds of that department but nothing concrete in my case was done by the officials. Finally they (board officials) demanded bribe which I refused. I have no money to offer them,” said Tariq.

He said further finally the officials are denying him the registration stating that the same is not in rules. “I told them that the chief minister himself has assured the admission for our children. They in turn said that CM is himself guest of few months. You are a militant. Make your son a militant also.”

Meanwhile another parent namely Mukhtar Ahmad from Baramulla stated that he returned to valley in 2013 but the officials are denying admission of his children to any school here.

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