J-K govt identifies sites to set up colonies for Kashmiri Pandits

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 16, 2016 01:11 IST
The Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir has identified locations for setting up three colonies for rehabilitation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

The Jammu and Kashmir government has identified three sites for setting up as many colonies for rehabilitation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley and has conveyed to the Union home ministry about the initiation of the process.

Sources said one of the identified sites is in Baramulla district, which is close to the national highway and the railway station.

There are around 62,000 registered Kashmiri Pandit families in the country, who migrated from the Valley due to militancy in the early 1990s. While about 40,000 families are living in Jammu, around 20,000 moved to Delhi-NCR and the rest settled elsewhere in the country.

Sources said the land identified at Baramulla’s Kanispora Johema partly belongs to private owners and the state government has approached them for sale. The process to identify two more sites in central and south Kashmir is on.

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