Press Release : Identify land for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has asked the Jammu and

Kashmir State Government to identify suitable land for the rehabilitation of

Kashmiri migrants.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister Shri Omar Abdullah

regarding implementation of the rehabilitation scheme, the Union Home Minister

has suggested that land may be identified near the native places they migrated

from. He also advised that such areas should be selected keeping in view the

availability of adequate security in close proximity of the place.

At present there are about 62,000 registered Kashmiri migrant families

in the country, who migrated from the Kashmir Valley to Jammu, Delhi and other

parts of the country due to onset of militancy in the state of J&K in early 1990s.

Shri Rajnath Singh further mentioned that the Union Government is

committed to facilitate the return of the Kashmiri migrants to the Kashmir Valley

and their proper rehabilitation. A sum of Rupees 500 crore has been earmarked

in the Union Budget 2014-15 for this purpose, the Home Minister added.

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