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J-K constitutes committee to monitor pandits' return to Valley

india Updated: Sep 16, 2009 14:15 IST

Jammu and Kashmir government has constituted a high level committee to monitor the return of displaced pandits to the Valley.

The committee headed by Minister for Revenue Raman Bhalla will monitor the effective implementation of Centre's package of Rs 1618 crore for the return of migrant Kashmiri pandits, an official spokesman said on Wednesday.

The committee, constituted on Tuesday evening, will also take appropriate measures in this direction, the spokesman said.

Besides Bhalla, the apex committee comprises Minister of State for Revenue Nasir Aslam Wani, National Conference leader and MLC Vijay Bakaya, Congress leader Khem Lata Wakhloo and leaders of different Kashmiri pandit organisations, the spokesman said.

The Centre in its package had announced a financial assistance of Rs 7.5 lakh for house construction to the migrant pandits who wished to return to the valley.

The package provides an aid of Rs 1.5 lakh for those migrant pandits who wish to start afresh their livelihood in horticulture and agriculture sectors. Also, according to the package, the children of such families will be given a monthly stipend for their studies.

The migrant pandits had held protest rallies in different areas in New Delhi on Monday demanding implementation of the package.

Thousands of Kashmiri pandits had left the Valley since 1989 due to the rise in militancy in the state.