PM positive on return of Kashmiri Pandits after normalcy
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 00:17
Jammu: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday hoped that displaced Kashmiri Pandits will return back to the valley once the situation becomes normal and peaceful.

"I hope that situation in valley would become normal and Kashmiri Pandits who had to live as refugees in their own country would return back in a peaceful atmosphere and live in tranquility and peace," Singh said while inaugurating Jagti Township for Kashmiri Pandits here today.

"I feel happy while handing over the flats constructed for the displaced Kashmiri Pandits here at Jagti," he said.

"I visited Jammu in 2004 and found that migrants were living in tents in bad conditions," he said, adding that after an inter-ministerial team submitted its report to the government it was decided to provide two-room flats to the displaced Pandit families.

"In the first phase of township, 2100 flats are ready to be handed over, while the remaining 2100 flats will be completed by the end of this month,"Singh said.

Expressing concern for the refugees of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir he said, "I assure them that their issues will also be taken into consideration by our Government."

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that the Central and the State governments were making efforts to restore normalcy in the region and assured Kashmiri Pandits of their return to the valley.


First Published: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 00:17

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