Rajnath Singh asks J&K govt to rehab 62,000 Kashmiri migrants
Jammu and Kashmir state government is to rehabilitate Kashmiri migrants and for the purpose they are finding suitable land to build home for them. State government initiated the move after Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has asked the Jammu and Kashmir State Government to rehabilitate the 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 mi- grated 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.