No plans to setup composite townships for migrant pandits: GoI


Srinagar: The Union government Friday said that it has no plan to set up a composite townships for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, an RTI reply from Union Home Ministry said.

The Union home ministry’s reply came in response to a query on the matter by social worker Rohit Choudhary.

 “This ministry doesn’t have any plan to set up composite townships for displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants,” the RTI reply said.

It further said that,  “It is advised to you to seek the information directly from the state government of J&K”.

Notably, Kashmiri Pandits have been demanding the setting up of the townships for their rehabilitation in the Valley.

Earlier in May this year, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had favoured creation of composite colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in their home state and even suggested having some Sikh and Muslim families in these dwellings.

“In presence of Mufti saab (former CM Mufti Mohammed Sayed), we had discussed and he said that Kashmiri Pandits will be provided land for rehabilitation.

“After him, we have talked to Mehbooba Mufti and she too has agreed to the composite colonies (proposal). She said she too wants that Kashmiri Pandits come (to JK) and there is no problem in having composite colonies. If along with Pandits, some Sikhs and Muslims even live here then what is the problem?” he had said.

Meanwhile, the RTI reply came at a time when Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma is expected to visit migrant camps in Jammu and in the Valley, to listen to their problems.


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