Rehabilitation of Kashmiri pandits: No land, MHA plan to set up townships stuck

The BJP-PDP alliance had mentioned rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in their common minimum programme.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi | Published:February 4, 2016 12:45 am
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The Centre has written to the state government to provide land for the townships.

The Union Home Ministry’s plan to set up “composite townships” for displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants in the Valley appears to have made little headway after it was announced in April last year. Sources said the plan is yet to be approved by the Union cabinet.

According to sources, while the Centre had written to the state government, asking it to provide land for the townships, there has been no movement so far.

“The modalities are yet to be worked out. Cabinet approval is required for the composite townships. However, the cabinet’s clearance will be sought only after land is identified and set aside in the Valley,” said a government source.

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On April 7 last year, when late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed met central leaders in the Capital, a Home Ministry release had stated, “The Union Home Minister asked the chief minister of J&K to provide land in the state for composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits. The chief minister assured the Union Home Minister that the state government will acquire and provide land at the earliest for composite townships in the Valley.”

The government’s move sparked a controversy as several parties and separatists objected. The National Conference said it would be dangerous for the integrity of the state and the country, while separatist leader Yasin Malik said a separate colony on the basis of religion would only build walls of hate, like in Israel.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had initially written a letter to the previous Omar Abdullah government, which was followed by another communication to Governor N N Vohra, asking for identification of land for such migrants.

At present, there are about 62,000 registered Kashmiri migrant families in the country, who have moved from the Valley to Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the country after the state was rocked by militancy in 1989.

The BJP-PDP alliance had mentioned rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in their common minimum programme.

Sources said the land is yet to be allotted for 6,000 transit accommodations in Kashmir announced for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants.

The Centre had written to the state government thrice, with the last reminder being sent in the first week of January, sources said.
Close on the heels of PM Narendra Modi’s announcement of a Rs 80,000 crore package for Jammu and Kashmir, the Union cabinet in November 2015 cleared a proposal to provide 3,000 state government jobs and 6,000 transit accommodations in Kashmir for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore.

These 3,000 state government jobs are in addition to a package of 3,000 government jobs announced in 2008. Jobs have been provided under the 2008 package for 1,553 Kashmiri Pandits.

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  1. A
    Feb 4, 2016 at 11:51 am
    What Israel like situation is mentioned here? Are the israelis not better off now than the kashmiris in 1990 and even now? It is better to have a township exclusive for them than nothing at all. As far as the muslim kashmiris are concerned, they have to sort out their conscience and minds as to whether they want a destructive to themselves all islamic society or a composite society that they so vehemently ask in non mulim areas and countries.
  2. K
    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:08 pm
    Just like Israel helps its Jews imilate, arm, make the area safe and provide all the facilities for them to enjoy their stay in Israel, India will have to do this for Kashmiri Pandits. The Kashmiri pandits lost a great voice in Nehru, then his daughter slept with Muslims and faked a Hindu wedding, in the meanwhile divisive forces in Kashmir have annihilated the Hindu potion, looted their properties, killed with impunity those who did not surrender and raped the Hindu women, the Indian Government is still to take any action.
  3. R
    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:19 am
    PDP govt wants "Confidence Building Measures" from BJP - but they don't want to even implement what they agreed with to with the BJP in the Articles of Alliance .
  4. V
    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm
    Why the Supreme court is not interfering in this??
  5. P
    Feb 3, 2016 at 8:03 pm
    Govt. Should try to settle kashmiri pandits and give their due as early as possible
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