June 2016 News

1990 Migration: Govt Dishes Out Figures, Says 1,54,000 Left Kashmir

8 June 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Government Wednesday asserted that 1,54,000 souls left Kashmir, besides many families living in the hilly areas of Jammu region, for 'safer places' due to eruption of militancy in 1990. The Government, however, claimed that each migrant family of Kashmir was getting Rs 10,000 cash assistance on monthly basis besides free ration. In a written reply to a query raised by the Independent legislator Pawan Kumar Gupta, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Syed Basharat Bukhari said a total of 1,54,080 souls were registered in 1990 under relief and non-relief categories as Kashmiri migrants. 'From the Jammu region, 1,054 families also migrated to safer places which included 958 Hindu families and 96 Muslim families,' the reply reads. In 1996, the reply states that 25,551 Hindus, 412 Muslims and 1,578 Sikhs were also registered as Kashmiri migrants. 'A total of 14,075 families and 55,280 souls were registered under relief category as Kashmiri migrants in 1996. The number of families and souls in 1996 is lesser because of the cancellation of registrations of families subsequently,' the Minister states in the reply. By the end of March 2016, the reply reads that 64,216 souls stand registered under relief category as Kashmiri migrants. The reply reads that some districts of Jammu province were also affected due to the militancy. 'Due to security reasons some families migrated from rural districts mainly from erstwhile Doda, Rajouri, Poonch and Reasi to safer places. 'In the light of directions from the Supreme Court, verifications of these families were carried out and it was found that only 1054 families migrated due to security reasons and a special package was sanctioned by the Government in year 2004 for them,' the reply reads. The Minister states that the number of families continues to be same at present as was in the year 2004 as no fresh registration or bifurcation is allowed in respect of Jammu migrants. On the nature of relief provided to Kashmiri migrants, the reply states that families registered under relief category are entitled to cash assistance of Rs 2,500 per person. 'The amount was enhanced from time to time. In 1990, a family would get Rs 500 cash assistance which was increased up to Rs 10,000 in 2015,' the reply reads. 'In addition, each Kashmiri migrant family is getting free ration of 9 kg per soul.' On the return of Kashmiri migrants, the reply states that in order to facilitate their return, the Government of India and the State Government had sanctioned a package of Rs 1,618.40 crore in 2008-2009. 'The package includes Rs 7.5 lakh assistance for construction of house, 6000 government jobs and 9000 additional jobs through establishing income generating units, scholarship to school going children, and waiver of interest,' the reply states. In reply to a query that whether the properties of Kashmiri migrants along with their places of worship were protected, the reply states that under the J&K Migrant Immovable Property Preservation, Protection and Restraint of Distress Sale Act, 1997, the district magistrate will be custodian of their properties. 'The concerned District Magistrates shall within his territorial jurisdiction be deemed to be the custodian of the property after the expiry of 30 days period.