NEW DELHI, March 17: A total of 3,800 Kashmiri migrants, who were forced to move out of the Valley in the Nineties due to militancy concerns, have returned to Kashmir in the last few years to take up jobs offered to them under the Prime Minister’s package.
44,167 Kashmiri migrant families had to move from the valley since 1990, of which 39, 782 were Hindus. 520 migrant candidates had returned to Kashmir for taking up jobs under the rehabilitation package, since the abrogation of Article 370 in J&K on August 5, 2019, said MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy in reply to question in the Rajya Sabha.
Another 2,000 migrant candidates are also likely to return under the same policy in the year 2021upon successful completion of the selection process, he added.
The government, said Reddy, has devised policies for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants under the Prime Minister’s packages in 2008 and 2015.
These policies covered incentives for housing to encourage the rehabilitation of Kashmir migrants back at their ancestral places in Valley; and enhancement in cash assistance/cash relief to Kashmiri migrants, from Rs 500 per family in 1990 to Rs 13,000 per family @Rs. 3250 per person.
Out of a total of 6,000 posts announced under PM packages, nearly 3,800 Kashmiri migrants have been rehabilitated directly by way of providing government employment. These employees are working in various districts of Kashmir Valley, which include Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama, Bandipora, Anantnag and Ganderbal. Remaining posts are also at final stages of recruitment, said Reddy.
Transit accommodation is being created to house the 6,000 Kashmiri migrants who are getting employed in the Government of J&K, in the valley.
As many as 6,000 transit accommodation units are being constructed for Kashmiri migrant employees in various districts of Kashmir Valley at an estimated cost of Rs 920 crore. So far, 1,025 dwelling units have already been constructed, the MoS stated in his reply. (TNN)