J&K govt to widen programme for Kashmiri Pandits

The Jammu and Kashmir government today said it plans to widen the programme to make it more comprehensive.

Srinagar: Encouraged by the response of
Kashmiri migrant pandits for their return and rehabilitation
in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government today said it
plans to widen the programme to make it more comprehensive.

"Government will widen the rehabilitation programme
for migrant pandits to make it more comprehensive so that
businessmen and other classes could also be accommodated,"
Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Raman Bhalla said.

Bhalla, who inspected the construction work at transit
accommodation at Vessu in Kulgam district of south Kashmir
yesterday, said Rs 60 crore prestigious rehabilitation project
for the community is apace at various townships of Kashmir

"Out of a total of 713 residential quarters, as many
as 388 have been completed to accommodate migrants who
returned to their birth place," he said.

The Minister went around 250 quarter habitats spread
over five hectares of land and interacted with camp inmates,
who demanded augmentation of water supply and other civic

The Minister stressed upon them to maintain peace and
harmony, adding entire civil society of Kashmir as well as
government is at their back.

Earlier, Bhalla directed concerned Deputy Commissioner
to identify more government land for further expansion of
residential quarters.

He also directed Executive Engineer Public Health
Engineering to prepare Detailed Project Reports and send it to
Chief engineer for funding at an earliest.

The Minister also directed for an increase of tanker
service from 3.00 PM to 6.00 PM to provide potable drinking
water to the inhabitants.

Referring to other problems related to employees who
joined in Kulgam district under Prime Minister`s Employment
Package, Bhalla directed Chief Education Officer Kulgam to
immediately release the salaries of the teachers in his


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