J-K Govt Targets 15,000 Jobs For Kashmiri Pandits

10 August 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: The NC-Congress government in the State on Monday announced 15,000 jobs in public and private sectors for migrant Kashmiri Pandits and asserted that rehabilitation of the community was one of its priorities. 'The rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits will be like a dream fulfilled for all of us. A package of 15,000 jobs for them in government and private sectors has been approved,' Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said presenting the first budget of the coalition. For people of the community, who are not government employees eligible for medical schemes, he announced a 50 per cent grant from government. It is, however, subject to a ceiling of Rs 5,000 per family, for meeting cost of premium for a year, if they enlist themselves under mediclaim policy of any recognised insurer he said and announced a budgetary allocation of Rs 10 crore. A package of Rs 130 crore has been proposed for construction and completion of 5,242 tenements for the pandits under the Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan. About rehabilitation of victims of militancy he said, 'The government has provided 825 jobs during the last six months to affected families.' About Rs 50 crore have been spent so far to rehabilitate 1,233 families.