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Jammu KashmirCentre-state to provide 6,000 jobs to rehabilitate KPs

Centre-state to provide 6,000 jobs to rehabilitate KPs


Centre-state to provide 6,000 to rehabilitate KPs

Over 27 years after the exodus of about one lakh Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, the Centre along with and Government recently discussed the progress on the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.

According to high level sources in Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had a detailed discussion on January 19.

In a 20-minute long meeting, Mehbooba and Singh discussed about the unanimous resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly seeking the return to the Valley of those who have migrated including Kashmiri Pandits.

Sources have said that the state government informed Centre about their process to identify about 6,000 jobs in various government departments of the state for Kashmiri migrants.

Sources further clarified that at least 1,700 out of 3,000 jobs have already been provided to suitable youths during the previous UPA regime, while the remaining were embroiled in a legal controversy.

But with clearance from court and a nod from Centre have given a final push to the cause. Besides another 3,000 jobs are being planned to encourage return of the Pandits.

Townships For Returnees

Apart from townships locations in Qazigund, Anantnag and Budgam, the state government has been able to procure land for about eight more locations for composite townships for Kashmiri pundits in the valley.

Earlier there were reports of differences between the coalition partners – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – on how the return of the migrant community should take place.

The issue was opposed not only by a section of the government but Hurriyat too opposed the creation of ‘Ghettos'. However, the opposition was contested by Centre citing security concerns of Pandits.

Rehabilitation Efforts

Besides these arrangements, transit accommodations for Kashmiri Pandits have also been identified.

An officer speaking to Today said, “It is not just about the provision for jobs; but the process of identifying jobs, accommodation of these pandits, and the constructions are different components. Now that the land has been identified, the construction will begin soon.”

The Chief Minister also informed Singh about the steps that are being taken for various development initiatives, especially as part of the Prime Minister's economic package announced for the state, official sources said.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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