SRINAGAR: The state government has sent a proposal to government of India seeking assistance for construction of additional 6000 transit accommodations for the Kashmiri migrants. The government has also proposed creation of 3000 additional jobs for them.
The government said that the Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI has “conveyed in principle” to provide financial assistance for both accommodation as well as for the additional jobs.
“Formal approval from GoI for the plan is awaited,” minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari said in written response to a question regarding rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits by MLA Surinder Mohan Ambardar.
He said that the state government has proposed the construction of additional units of transit camps at different locations in the Kashmir valley and providing of funds for the acquisition of land for providing plots in clusters near district headquarters.
Bukhari said that the proposals regarding revised package for the migrants was submitted vide GAD letter Rev/MR/78/2003 dated 25/06/2012 and a letter dated 04/12/2013 and 23/12/2013.
He said that 3000 supernumerary posts have been created besides self-employment package at the rate of Rs10 lakh will be provided to every migrant unemployed youth.
He said that regarding the previous package, an amount of Rs 1618.40 crore has been sanctioned in the year 2008-09 to facilitate the return and rehabilitation of the Kashmiri migrants in the valley, by government of India and the state government.
He said that 1963 migrant unemployed youth have been appointed in various government departments under employment component package.
“As many as 505 units of transit accommodation have been constructed out of which 469 units have been allotted to employees appointed under PM’s Package so far,” he said.
He also said that government has also proposed for the revision in the cost for construction of houses from the earlier Rs 7.50 lakh to Rs 20 lakh and assistance to agriculturists and horticulturists, the minister said.
Replying to a question, whether land and money has been earmarked for the settlement of the displaced migrants, the Minister said the matter is under consideration.
The Minister informed the House that after detailed interaction with various organisations and also deliberations in Apex Level Advisory Committee meetings chaired by the Chief Minister, a revised proposal for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants after seeking approval of the state cabinet has been submitted to the union government.