GoI asks state to share details of plan for Kashmiri Pandits

New Delhi: With focus on rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Valley, the government of India has asked Jammu and Kashmir government to share “complete details” of the land identified for the plan.
The state government had earlier this month informed New Delhi that it had identified three areas for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants especially 62,000 Kashmiri Pandit families who had to leave the Valley following the onset of militancy in early 1990s.
However, sources in Indian Home ministry said that the state government had not shared “complete details which included how much area, its surroundings and feasibility” of settling down the migrants. The move comes notwithstanding the strike call given by the pro-freedom camp that opposes the separate colonies for the Kashmiri Pandits.
The Narendra Modi government had kept the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants on top of its agenda and had sanctioned Rs 500 crore in the first budget itself.
The ‘Agenda of Alliance’, which is considered as the backbone of PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, also mentions rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Valley as part of their common minimum programme.
The state government has made it clear that there would not be any separate colonies for Kashmiri migrants but the proposed area will have a mix of population in the true spirit of Kashmiriyat.