New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said
nearly 59,000 Kashmiri Pandit families are reported to have
migrated from the Valley following the outbreak of militancy
in the 1989-90.
"Due to on set of militancy in 1989-90, 58,697
families are reported to have migrated from the Valley and
registered as migrants," Minister of State for Home Affairs
Ajay Maken told Rajya Sabha in a written reply today.
They have settled in Jammu (38119 families), Delhi
(19338 families) and other states (1240 families), Maken said.
"In order to mitigate the hardship faced by the
Kashmiri migrants, a cash relief at Rs 1250 per head per month
subject to maximum of Rs 5000 per family per month is being
provided to eligible families. This scale is effective from
July 2009," he said.
For facilitating the return of migrants to the Valley,
a comprehensive package of Rs 1618.40 crore was announced in
2008 which provides for various provisions for rehabilitating
them, he said.
Maken also gave out the data on status of temples in
the Valley saying out of the total 430 temples that existed
before migration, 260 are intact, 170 damaged and 90 were
In a separate reply to a question on people with
refugee status in Jammu region, Maken said "the number of
persons migrated from West Pakistan and settled in Jammu
region at present, is approximately 1.5 lakhs."
"In order to mitigate their problems, the Prime
Minister announced a package for J and K on April 25, 2010.
The package, inter-alia, provides for concessions to the
children and grand children of West Pakistan refugees settled
in Jammu and Kashmir in the matter of admission in the
technical education institutions approved by the AICTE, bank
loan facilities without collateral guarantees provision of
vocational training under skill development initiatives," he
said in his reply in Rajya Sabha.
"The West Pakistan refugees are citizens of India and
are allowed to exercise their right to franchise in the
Parliamentary elections. In so far as the issue of granting
them State Subject status is concerned, the state government
has not been able to meet their demand as it has legal
implications," Maken said.