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Thirty one flats given to migrant Pandits, says govt

india Updated: Nov 10, 2009 18:57 IST
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Assuring all possible help to migrant Kashmiri Pandits willing to return to the valley, Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday said the residential colony for them at Sheikhpora in Budgam district was nearing completion.

"Out of the proposed 200 flats for the Pandits, 31 have been completed and alloted to the migrant families through Department of Relief, while 60 more flats will also be handed over to the department shortly," an official spokesman said.

The spokesman said Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Naseem Lanker visited the migrant colony, 12 kms from Srinagar, on Monday and took stock of the facilities available.

An amount of Rs 7.50 lakh would be provided to those migrants who desire to reconstruct their houses in the valley while Rs two lakh would be provided for renovation of the houses in poor condition, the spokesman said.

In addition, government would also provide relief package to those migrants who have sold their property before 1997 and are ready to return to valley. However, they have to purchase land on their own, the spokesman said.