J&K to set up 20 clusters in Kashmir for migrants

Jammu and Kashmir Government is mulling a new proposal to set up 20 residential clusters for them. Jammu and Kashmir Government is mulling a new proposal to set up 20 residential clusters for them.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2011, 19:53 PM IST

Jammu: With 4,600 Kashmiri migrant families
seeking to return to Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Government is mulling a new proposal to set up 20 residential
clusters for them.

"We have mooted a new proposal for return and
rehabilitation of displaced Kashmir migrants to Kashmir Valley
in which 20 residential custers would be set up for housing
displaced community members," Relief and Rehabilitation
Commissioner Vinood Koul said today.

The proposal, mooted by Relief and Rehabilitation
department, is being fined tuned for its submission to state
Cabinet for its approval.

As per new proposal, residential plots in clusters
would provided by the state government to those who desire to
return to the Valley as per the place of domicile and Rs 20
lakh would be provided for construction of the house per
family for their rehabilitation.

Koul said five clusters would come up in Anantnag
districts, 2-3 each in Srinagar, Baramulla districts, 2 each
in Kupwara, Budgam, Kulgam and Pulwama and one each in
Shopian, Bandipora and Gandherbal.

"The Centre has already agreed to this new proposal
and has asked us to get the proposal vetted through the state
cabinet for its formal approval by the Centre," Koul said.

"So far no migrant family has returned to Kashmir," he
said.

A return and rehabilitation package of Rs 1,618 crores was
announced by the Prime Minister in 2008 but officials it had
many lacunae.

As per 2008 package, a migrant family can get no land
for residential purpose with house construction assistance of
just Rs 7.5 lakh for fully or partially damaged house and Rs
2.00 lakh for dilapidated and unused houses.

The package was Rs 7.5 lakh for purchase and construction
of a house in Group Housing Societies for those who have sold
their properties during the period after 1989.

Over 4,600 applications have been received from the
Kashmiri migrant families, who wish to return back to the
Valley under the policy of return and rehabilitation of
Kashmiri migrants.

Of these, 1682 families are still in possession of
immovable assets and these applications have been referred for
verification.

The largest number of 1,237 applications for the return
to Kashmir Valley have been received from Srinagar district
followed by 1,140 applications from Anantnag district, 462
from Baramulla district, 431 from Budgam district, 359 from
Pulawama district, 283 from Kulgam district, 240 from Kupawara
district, 150 from Shopian district and 98 from Ganderbal
district.

As many as 38,119 families of Kashmiris are registered as
migrants with Relief Organisation at Jammu, they said, adding
that of these, 34,202 families are Hindus, 2,168 Muslims and
1,749 Sikhs.

19,338 Kashmiri migrant families are living in Delhi, 11
families in Himachal Pradesh, 924 in Haryana, 114 in
Chandigarh, 319 in Punjab, 57 in Uttaranchal, 222 in UP, 43 in
MP, one in Tamil Nadu, 38 in Karnataka, 208 in Maharastra and
48 in Rajasthan.

PTI