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Find land to rehabilitate Pandits: Union Home Minister to Chief Minister of J&K

Sep 6, 2014 17:17 IST

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 5 September 2014 directed the state government of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to identify suitable land for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants (mainly pandits) in the state. Rajnath Singh has written a letter to Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah in relation to implementation of the rehabilitation scheme.

The Home Minister, in his letter has advised to the Chief Minister to look for the land nearby the areas from where they had migrated. He also suggested him to provide adequate security in such areas.

The step of writing and asking the Chief Minister for rehabilitation of the Kashmiri migrants pandits can be looked as the commitment of the Union Minister to facilitate the return and rehabilitation of the migrants.

The NDA government has committed that it will help in return of about 62000 Kashmiri Pandit families with full dignity to their homes in the Valley. For this purpose, the Finance Minister in 2014-15 Union Budget, allocated 500 crore rupees for the purpose of rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.

Kashmiri Pandits migrated from the Valley after the militancy in 1990. At present, about 62000 registered Kashmiri Families who migrated from the Valley are residing in different parts of India, mainly either in Jammu and Delhi.

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