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PM positive on return of Kashmiri Pandits after normalcy

Last Updated: Saturday, March 5, 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

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 5, 2011 - 00:17
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