Centre asks Jammu and Kashmir govt to share 'complete details' of plan for Kashmiri migrants
With focus on rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, the Centre has asked Kashmir government to share 'complete details' of the land identified for the plan.
New Delhi: With focus on rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Valley, the Centre has asked Jammu and Kashmir government to share "complete details" of the land identified for the plan.
The state government had earlier this month informed the Centre that it had identified three areas for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants especially 62,000 Kashmiri Pandit families who had to leave the Valley following the onset of militancy in early 1990s.
However, sources in Union Home Ministry said that the state government had not shared "complete details which included how much area, its surroundings and feasibility" of settling down the migrants.
The move comes notwithstanding the strike call given by the separatists who are opposed to separate colonies for the Kashmiri pandits.
The Narendra Modi government had kept the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants on top of its agenda and had sanctioned Rs 500 crore in the first budget itself.
The Agenda of Alliance, which is considered as the backbone of PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, also mentions rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Valley as part of their common minimum programme.
The state government has made it clear that there would not be any separate colonies for Kashmiri migrants but the proposed area will have a mix of population in the true spirit of Kashmiriyat.
Although killings of terrorists have also been high — 174 ethnic-Kashmiri jihadists were shot last year, up from just 34 in 2016 — levels of violence remain higher than in the five years before the 2016 uprising, data from the South Asia Terrorism Portal shows
While the Centre focussed on development and Jammu and Kashmir getting its own elected government, all leaders from J&K demanded full-fledged statehood for the region
Chidambaram added that the 'dismembering' of Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs has been challenged in the Supreme Court, and that the cases are pending for almost two years