The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday announced a series of sops and recommendations, including 100% increase in cash assistance, to encourage the return of Kashmiri Pandits, who had migrated to Jammu during early years of militancy in 1990s.
Chairing an apex advisory committee meeting of Kashmiri migrants, chief minister Omar Abdullah underscored the need to create conducive and palatable atmosphere for the return of the migrants. "Till the time, the return of migrants takes place smoothly, all facilities need to be provided to them at the migrant township and other places in Jammu," Omar was quoted by an official spokesman.
"The government has already recommended enhancement of cash assistance to the migrant families from the present ceiling of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per family per month to the union government," he said.
Omar assured that he would be personally take up the issue with the union home minister.
The meeting also approved conversion of 588 one-room tenements at Purkhoo into two-room dwelling units to accommodate equal number of "most deserving and needy migrant families".
The chief minister directed the officials concerned to take immediate action for transfer of recently completed Jagti water supply scheme at a cost of Rs 15.19 crore to the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department for its operation and to ensure regular and proper water supply to a population of around 25,000 in Jagti township.
The chief minister gave a nod to the construction of 160 shops on the pattern of self-financing for the shopkeepers who have shifted to Jagti from Purkhoo and other locations and as such lost livelihood means.
Minister for revenue and rehabilitation Raman Bhalla said the government had accorded sanction to the relaxation of the upper age limit prescribed for entry into the government service by three years as a onetime exception in favor of Kashmiri migrants.