The disturbed conditions existing in the
valley since 1990, due to the onset
of militancy led to the mass exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits and some families belonging
to Sikh and Muslim communities. The number of such families was estimated around
57000. Most of the families got settled or sought refuge in and around
Jammu city and some in the other states of the country. Uprooting of such families from their homes
and hearths as a result of the turmoil in the valley caused an all round upheavel
leading to various unfortunate developments at the state, national and international
In order to look after the welfare of such families
who had to leave the valley in difficult conditions leaving both movable and immovable property behind and to meet their day to day requirements, the state government
created the Relief Organisation for looking after such families and to provide them
immediate relief such as Cash Assistance, Free Ration, Shelter etc.
The organisation since 1990 has been continuously providing every type of
assistance to the families putting up in and around Jammu and also under the instructions
of Govt. of India, other states, where ever the migrants got settled are also providing
some facilities to the migrant families.
The Relief Organisation
is headed by Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner and is working under the administrative
control of the Revenue Department. More than 30 field offices are functional in
for providing of necessary assistance to the migrants.
During 1990 many relief camps in Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua, Reasi were established where more than 5500 families were accommodated and over a period time these camps have been shifted to Jammu District and presently Relief & Rehabilitation Department has five Camps with facility of Two Room Tenement(TRT). rest of families have either constructed their own houses and some 2500 families are still residing on rent as tenents.