New Delhi : NDA-led Union government took a decisive step towards the benefit of Kashmiri migrants and announced a Rs. 2000 Crore rehabilitation package for Kashmiri pandits. This proposal has come after the recent Rs. 80,080 crore package announcement that the state of Jammu and Kashmir got early this month for execution of various development related projects in J and K, by PM Modi. The Union Cabinet took decision of providing State Government jobs and transit accommodations in Kashmir Valley for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants for which, on Wednesday, it cleared a proposal worth Rs 2,000 crore. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Minister of State in PMO Dr.Jitendra Singh said additional 3000 jobs in state government would be provided to migrants with financial assistance from central government. He added, 6,000 transit accommodations would also be provided to Kashmiri migrants in the valley. Additionally, the Cabinet also approved hiking of monetary relief to migrants from hilly areas of Jammu at par with Kashmiri Pandits. This means — Jammu migrants would also begin to avail monetary assistance of an add-on Rs 2500 per head per month, raising it from existing Rs 400.
Around 62,000 Kashmiri pandit migrant families stand registered with the government records. A breakup of data reveals that out of total 62,000 migrants, around 39,000 stay in Jammu, almost 19,000 reside in Delhi and the others are scattered across the nation’s geography spreading across all parts of the country. Adding to this, nearly 470 transit accommodations have been constructed in Kashmir Valley. These transit accommodations have been allotted to the newly appointed migrant employees on a sharing basis.
Kashmiri migrants across the country have welcomed this proposal and expressed some relief as provision of government jobs, around 3,000 in numbers, would pave way for facilitating employment to Kashmiri youth, who, presently, have to spread across states other than their native one, in search of employment and financial security. The migrants said, transit accommodations would enable residence facilities on a make shift basis, and felt that the sharing basis of transit arrangements too would provide interim relief to migrant employees. Jammu migrants too sighed a bit of financial relief by increase in monetary assistance slab, from the existing very paltry sum. Migrants expressed some contentment over the Cabinet meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, resulting in a proposal for providing monetary assistance escalating by more than 400 per cent to migrants from hilly areas of Jammu region to make it at par with Kashmiri migrants.
Earlier in 2008, a package of Rs 1618.40 crore was announced to facilitate return of migrants to Kashmir Valley. Under this package, 3000 state government jobs were to be provided to Kashmiri migrants with central funding. Almost 1963 jobs had already been provided and process for the rest still stays operative.