J&K: 3,000 more jobs for Kashmiri Pandits soon
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir will advertise 3,000 more jobs for displaced Kashmiri Pandits as part of a package announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in which 6,000 people were promised employment in the valley.
The state government has already filled 3,000 posts, employing displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley, the original home of the community from where they had fled in 1990s fear of persecution by militants.
Official sources said that the government is "serious" about the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, a little over 300,000 of whom have settled in Jammu and other towns and cities of the country.
The government will advertise and recruit 3,000 more Kashmiri Pandits for jobs in Kashmir, in addition to those already employed there in the past one year.
Singh had announced the package in April 2008.
Besides jobs, they are getting Rs.5,000 in relief per month, free accommodation and ration. They have also been promised Rs.7.50 lakh for construction of their houses, which they left 20 years ago.
But the community leaders, according to the official sources, are asking for Rs.20 lakh and enhancement of relief amount from Rs.5,000 to Rs.8,000 per family.