The Jammu & Kashmir government will conduct a survey of militancy-affected people to ascertain the exact number of widows and orphans in the state. A special rehabilitation programme for the victims will also be launched after the survey results are compiled.
This will be the first exhaustive survey of its kind in the state that has been plagued by militancy over the past two decades, killing over 40,000 people. Unofficial figures put the figure up to 100,000.
The state administration has been instructed to look into every first information report lodged at police stations during militancy years.
“We will track the kin of those killed in the state during militancy. This way we will get to know the exact number of orphans and widows and try to get funding for their rehabilitation,” Social Welfare Minister Sakina Itoo told HT.
The rehabilitation plan will entitle widows to pension and educational scholarships to orphaned children. The scheme will even include children of militants who were killed during army encounters.
“Widows of militants will not be entitled to pension. But we can provide scholarships to their children. A child cannot be made to suffer for the wrong committed by their parents,” Itoo said.