March 2008 News

Kashmir Government Woos Pandit Families Back Home

4 March 2008

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government plans to woo back Kashmiri Pandit families who fled the state due to militancy years ago. In a first step, the state government rehabilitated over two dozen Kashmiri Hindu families in a new colony in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. On Monday, the state government handed over the possession of 31 flats to Pandit families, who were living in government relief camps in Srinagar. Deputy commissioner of Budgam, Khawaja Farooq Renzu handed over the keys of the two-room flats to the Pandit families at a function attended by senior officers and several local Muslims. The authorities plan to accommodate 200 Pandit families in the exclusive colony after it is completed. The 31 families belonging to Budgam had fled following the massacre of seven Pandits in Sangrampora village March 22, 1997. “After rehabilitating these families our effort now is to woo the migrants back to the valley. The colony is nearing completion and our hope is more Pundit families living in Jammu and other places will return and stay in this exclusive colony,” a senior state government officer here said. He said, “The colony has been provided adequate security which I am sure is going to help more families to return.”

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