2246 Muslim families migrated from Valley for security reasons: Govt

Nayeem Rather

SRINAGAR: A total of 2246 Muslim families migrated from the Valley for security reasons during the ‘90s, the government has said.
In response to the question of National Conference MLC Bashir Ahmed Veeri, the government revealed in the Legislative Council that a total of 41,117 families have been registered as migrants, out of which, 37,128 are Hindu, 2246 Muslim and 1738 Sikh families.
According to the government, a total of 149,136 people are registered in Jammu and 21,333 in other parts of India.
So far, 112 Muslim migrant students have been issued the migrant certificates to enable them to seek admission in the professional colleges outside Kashmir on quotas meant for such students.
The government also said 12 Indian states have been reserving seats for Kashmiri migrant students.
The state and central governments have in the past sanctioned Rs 1680.40 crore  for rehabilitation of the migrants but due to “poor response of the migrants to take the relief”, the government had to modify the rehabilitation programme and is in the process of seeking approval from the state cabinet for reframing it.