Govt To Setup 20 Clusters For KPs In Valley18 December 2011
Jammu: With 4,600 Kashmiri Pandit families seeking to return to Valley, the government is mulling a new proposal to set up 20 residential clusters for them. 'We have mooted a new proposal for return and rehabilitation of displaced Kashmir migrants to Valley in which 20 residential clusters would be set up for housing displaced community members,' Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner Vinood Koul told PTI here today. The proposal, mooted by Relief and Rehabilitation department, is being fined tuned for its submission to state Cabinet for its approval. As per new proposal, residential plots in clusters would provided by the state government to those who desire to return to Valley as per the place of domicile and Rs 20 lakh would be provided for construction of the house per family for their rehabilitation. Koul said five clusters would come up in Islamabad districts, 2-3 each in Srinagar, Baramulla districts, 2 each in Kupwara, Budgam, Kulgam and Pulwama and one each in Shopian, Bandipora and Gandherbal. 'Government of India (GoI) has already agreed to this new proposal and has asked us to get the proposal vetted through the state cabinet for its formal approval by the Centre,' he said. He said so far no KP family has returned to Kashmir. A return and rehabilitation package of Rs 1,618 crores was announced by the Prime Minister in 2008. Over 4,600 application have been received from the KP families, who wish to return back to the Valley under the policy of return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants. Of these, 1682 families are still in possession of immovable assets and these applications have been referred for verification. The largest number of 1,237 applications for the return to Kashmir have been received from Srinagar district followed by 1,140 applications from Islamabad district, 462 from Baramulla district, 431 from Budgam district, 359 from Pulawama district, 283 from Kulgam district, 240 from Kupawara district, 150 from Shopian district and 98 from Ganderbal district. As many as 38,119 families of Kashmiris are registered as migrants with Relief Organisation at Jammu, they said, adding that of these, 34,202 families are Hindus, 2,168 Muslims and 1,749 Sikhs. 19,338 KP families are living in Delhi, 11 families in Himachal Pradesh, 924 in Haryana, 114 in Chandigarh, 319 in Punjab, 57 in Uttaranchal, 222 in UP, 43 in MP, one in Tamil Nadu, 38 in Karnataka, 208 in Maharastra and 48 in Rajasthan.