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Return and Rehabilitation

 

The issue for return and rehabilitation has been under discussion since long at various forums. Earlier in 2005, some infrastructure was created at Sheikhpora, Distt. Budgam and Mattan, Distt. Anantnag for return of migrants. At Sheikhpora, out of 200 flats, 120 have been completed and 31 have been allotted in favour of Kashmiri Pandit families who had not migrated and were living in a camp established by district administration of Budgam. Also 18 flats have been completed at Mattan. In absence of a proper rehabilitation scheme, the infrastructure created could not be utilised. In April 2008, Hon'ble Prime Minister announced a package for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants. Formal communication was recieved by the state government in June 2008. The package involves an amount of 1618.40 crores and details of the concessions available under the package are as under:    

Housing:
   
  • Assistance @ Rs.7.5 lakhs for fully or partially damaged house.
  • Rs.2.00 lakh for dilapidated/unused houses.
  • Rs. 7.5 lakh for purchase/construction of a house in Group Housing Societies for those who have sold their properties during the period after 1989 and before the enactment of "The J&K Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint of Distress Sale) Act, 1997" on 30-5-1997.
  
Transit Accommodation: Construction of transit accommodation at three sites @ Rs.20.00 crore each for a total of Rs.60.00 cr. Alternatively, Rs. 1.00 lac per family towards rental and incidental expenses to those families who may not be accommodated in transit accommodation.        

Continuation of Cash Relief to Migrants: Migrant families at Jammu and Delhi who are recipients of cash, relief and free ration would continue to receive the same @ Rs.5000 per family per month (including rations) for a period of two years after their return to the Valley.        

Students Scholarships: The children of migrants will be provided scholarships @ 750/- per student per month.        

Employment:
It has been decided to provide employment opportunities to 15,000 unemployed migrant youth. Out of which, 6000 youth will be accommodated in State Government jobs. To assist the State Government in providing such employment opportunities, the Central Government will bear the cost towards salary for 3000 youth till they are absorbed against regular posts in the State Government, within the specified time-frame. Remaining 9000 unemployed youth would be facilitated to get financial assistance to come up with self-employment/business ventures. For this purpose one-time assistance of Rs.5.00 lac in each case will be provided out of which 50% will be grant and 50% as loan.        

Assistance to Agriculturists/Horticulturists: One time financial assistance of Rs.1.00 lac would be provided to those having agriculture holdings. Rs.5000/- per kanal, subject to maximum of Rs.1.5 lac would be provided for restoration of orchards.        

Waiver of interest on loans: It has been decided to waive off the interest component of the loans taken by Kashmiri Pandits before migration from the Valley.
For implementation of the package, a form (Expression of Interest) was circulated in order to ascertain the willingness of the migrants to return. 811 families have expressed their willingness to return so far (Ending December 2008). The biodata of Kashmiri migrant youth have also been collected, the number of which is approx. 13500. All of them have expressed their willingness to serve in the valley. Land for construction of transit accomodation has also been identified at three places i.e.            .              
  • Vessu, Distt. Kulgam
  • Qazigund, Distt. Anantnag
  • Khanpura, Distt. Baramulla
  







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