Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government
plans to carry out a survey to identify widows and orphans,
including the family members of militants, left out during
past two decades of militancy in the state to provide them
The modalities for carrying out the survey were discussed
today at a meeting with social welfare minister Sakina Itoo in
the chair so that an authenticated and fully verified figures
of such victims were made available.
Itoo, addressing the meeting, sought cooperation from the
police in identification and verification process of militancy
She said government is seriously pursuing the policy to
heal the wounds of orphans, widows and innocent victims of
militancy including family members of militants.
"We are aware of their sufferings and feel their pain and
pledge to take steps for their dignified rehabilitation", Itoo
She directed District Social Welfare officers to coordinate
with the respective police agencies as well as the District
Magistrates while formulating the list of militancy related
victims in their areas of jurisdiction and also to speed up
the disposal of pending cases.
Itoo said social welfare department after identifying
4662 civilian widows and 1918 widows of militants has been
able to provide help to 3256 widows so far.
Similarly out of 20413 orphans, including 4749 orphans of
militants, 5480 have been covered so far under various welfare
schemes, she said.