Jammu and Kashmir government has formulated a plan for rehabilitation of 2,000 families of 14 border villages of Nowshera in Rajouri district who had migrated from their areas due to shelling and firing near the Line of Control (LoC) and International border.
"A comprehensive plan of Rs 20 crore for rehabilitation of 2,000 families of 14 border villages of Nowshera has been formulated and is under consideration of State Home Department," Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla said in the Legislative Assembly.
Replying to a question by Congress member Radhay Sham Sharma yesterday, the Minister said the payment of relief on account of repairs and renovation of damaged houses of border migrants of Nowshera tehsil has also been made as per the norms approved by the government.
The Minister said the State Government has issued an order in October 1999 under which ex-gratia relief was sanctioned in favour of the families, falling within five-km belt along Line of Control (LoC) and between International border, who had not been able to sow their crops due to border shelling and firing.
He said relief package has been also provided from January 2002 up to September 2004 to the border migrants of Nowshera.
The border migrants have also been provided with free food grains at the rate of 11 kg per person per month and a cash assistance of Rs 400 per person per month subject to a maximum of Rs 1,600 per family, the minister said.
Besides 10 litres of free kerosene, Bhalla said each family was provided Rs 300 as cash assistance for fodder for animal rearing.