JAMMU: The state government on Monday disclosed that the Government of India has sanctioned 1618.40 crores for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants who left the valley when militancy surfaced during the 90’s.
While replying to a question raised by BJP MLA for Jammu East, the government also revealed that the GoI has given its approval for construction of 6000 transit accommodations in Kashmir valley for these migrants and the concerned Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir valley have already identified 723,03 square metres of land with a tentative cost 374.65 crores.
Giving details about the incentives being taken under GOI’s package for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, the government stated that Rs 7.5 lakh have been allotted to each migrant for the construction of houses inside transit camps along with providing them 6000 government jobs and also creation of 9000 additional jobs for Kashmiri migrants through establishment of income generation units. The government has also decided to provide one time grant to these migrants for their agricultural and horticultural land development.
The state government also stated that Ministry of Home Affairs GOI has also approved creation of 3000 additional posts for Kashmiri migrant youth and the proposal for this has been submitted to the state cabinet.
According to the government, 37347 Hindu migrants’ families along with 2252 Muslim families and 1758 Sikh families are presently registered in Jammu region and the overall registration of migrant families stand 41462 at present.
The state government has also revealed that it has submitted a comprehensive package of Rs 91 crore to the GoI for the settlement of Jammu migrants in their respective districts and is awaiting its approval.
Replying to another question over the number of migrant families receiving cash benefits and free ration, the state government has stated that 18589 number of Kashmiri migrants are receiving 2500 cash per soul subject to maximum ceiling of 10,000 per family for four souls and free ration of 9 kgs rice, 2 Kg flour and 1 kg of sugar per family per month along with 10 litres of kerosene per month.
The Relief and Rehabilitation department also has stated that there are 542 Hindu temples presently in Kashmir with highest (129) being in Anantnag district followed by Pulwama with 92 and 90 in Srinagar. In Kupwara the number is 52 along with 36 in Ganderbal and 30 in Kulgam followed by 23 in Budgam, 22 in Shopian and 8 in Bandipora.