Finally, Homes In The Offing For Displaced Kashmiris
7 March 2005
Jammu: Over 504 families of displaced Kashmiri Pandits received a Shivratri gift when the Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister, Mr Hakim Mohd. Yasin, laid the foundation stone of Rs seven crore project for the construction of two-room tenements at Muthi camp, Phase-two, today. Though the project was pending for the last several years forcing the displaced families to live in subhuman conditions in makeshift small and shanty rooms, the foundation stone for the project was welcomed by the Kashmiri migrants. Mr Yasin said the entire project of the construction of two-room tenements would be completed in several phases. However, president, All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference, A.N. Vaishnavi, said both the state and the Central Governments had maintained an 'intriguing silence' over the fate of the announcement made by the Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, that two-room flats would be constructed for the displaced families in Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua, Delhi and other places. He said the announcement was made in November last and so far no follow-up action on the project was visible. Meanwhile, the state government hoped to see the cluster of flats at Sheikhpora in Budgam district of Kashmir completed by the end of next month so that those families of displaced people who were willing to return to the valley were rehabilitated as early as possible. Mr Yasin said about 1300 families had given in writing that they were willing to return to Kashmir.