Raised building finances issue for Pandits with Centre: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah said his government has taken up issue of enhancing financial aid to construct buildings for Kashmiri migrant pandits with the Centre from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said his government has taken up the issue of enhancing financial aid to construct buildings for Kashmiri migrant pandits with the Centre from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.
"The State Government has vehemently taken up the issue of enhancing building construction finance available to migrants who want to return and construct their houses from present Rs 7.5 lakh to over Rs 20 lakhs with the Union government and is being persuaded constantly," Omar said chairing the meeting of Apex Advisory Committee for migrants here.

The Chief Minister asked the Relief and Rehabilitation Organisation to make migrants intending to return aware that if they avail the present available assistance of Rs 7.5 lakh for construction of houses they would not be debarred from receiving the enhanced amount.

"Any migrant taking Rs 7.5 lakh would get all the enhanced amount when the ceiling will be raised as proposed by the state government to the Centre," Omar said.

The CM gave nod to the proposal to effect modification to the Prime Minister`s package to enable all migrant families who opt to return to Valley to avail the benefits under the package for reconstruction of houses even if such families have sold their properties after 1997.

The amendment will also ensure establishing of clusters at District level besides making employees living in transit camps entitled to avail the benefit under the scheme and also reduce the demand for construction of additional transit camp units.

The Chief Minister said his government would also work
out a strategy to engage another 3,000 Kashmiri Migrant youth in government jobs in the Valley who are ready to return to their native place and serve here.

While 2,160 Kashmiri migrant youth have been employed so far in the Valley, the selection for another 1,443 posts is under process, he said, adding as soon as these posts are filled up the process for recruiting another lot of 3,000 migrant youth would start.

"We have already taken up this issue with the Centre and hope very positive response in this regard," he said.

The Chief Minister directed for holding special workshops by Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) at migrant camps in Jammu and in the Valley to make migrant youth aware of the self-employment schemes and facilities available to them to launch livelihood generating units.

"There is ample opportunity for migrant youth to take self-employment as the means of their livelihood by utilising the provisions of SKEWPY (Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for the Youth) and other self-employment programmes under implementation in the State," he said.

Omar directed for constitution of Sub-Committees to look into various aspects of return and rehabilitation of migrants in the Valley as also the issues confronting them in various migrant camps.

"I want these Committees immediately in place so that they would give their comprehensive report before April next when I will be again reviewing the migrant issues in the Apex Advisory Committee," he said.

The Chief Minister also directed for necessary measures to ensure adequate water and electricity and better healthcare facilities at Jagti and other such migrant camps in Jammu.


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