January 1998 News

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Farooq’s Rehabilitation Package for Pundits

29th January 1998

After assuming the reins of J&K, Dr. Farooq Abdullah formed a six member "Apex Committeee" under the chairmanship of Abdul Ahmed Vakil, Relief and Revenue minister to look into a "Sub Committee" with the objective of drawing an action plan for facilitating safe honourable return of the migrants to the Kashmir Valley.

The Subcommittee" interacted with a sizeable number of migrants both in Delhi (May 27 & 28, 1997) and Jammu (June 06, 1997). During these interactions, the immigrants stressed the need for opening of channels and Communications with members of majority community I the valley to create an atmosphere of peaceful-coexistence. The general view of the migrants was that
neither the Govt. nor the Security Forces can ensure the security of majority community and an atmosphere of goodwill that can make their return safe. Some suggested consolidation of migrants at District level only, while others demanded comprehensive political and economic package.

Keeping in mid, the views of the migrant Kashmiri Pandits the 'Apex committee' submitted its interim report to the state Govt. subsequently the state Govt. announced a rehabilitation package involving Rs. 2,79,911 crores which includes creation of an authority of Protector General of Migrant Properties, Rs. 1,00,000 (Rs. One lakh only) for each Kashmiri migrant family willing
to return to the valley for setting up at transit settlement at Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla Districts., rehabilitation grant of Rs.1.50 Lakh to each houses, waiving of loans, sustenance allowance of Rs. 3,000/- to those migrants who were employed in private sectors, etc., opportunities for the children etc.

Although various migrant Kashmiri organisations, viz., Panun Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandit Sabha, All India Kashmiri Pandit Conference, etc. have expressed their reservations in accepting this rehabilitation package, but a large section of migrants living in camps have welcomed the monetary benefits.


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