Assembly: Number of KP Migrant Families Show Rise Since 1996

Heena Muzzafar

SRINAGAR

“ No right-minded Kashmiri will oppose the return of Kashmiri Pandits,” opposition leader Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter. Pic: Bilal Bahadur
The abandoned KP houses in Kashmir. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

The J&K Government on Wednesday revealed that a total of 41135 Kashmiri Pandit families are registered in Jammu with a total of 63628 souls.

In a written reply to Udhampur Lawmaker, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Relief and rehabilitation Minister informed lower house that a total of 1054 Jammu migrant families are registered with Government.

The data given by the government has shown increase in the number of families since 1996.

Giving a break up of those Kashmiri Pandits who flew valley since 1990s, the reply said that the number of migrant families and souls in the year 1996 is lesser because of cancellation of registrations of families, subsequently.

The figures show that such number of KP migrant families shifted to Jammu: 1990: 51128; 1996: 27619; 2002: 34216; 2008: 37398; 2014: 41135.

It said that there are 03 families from Poonch, 172 from Rajouri, 886 from Rajouri, 168 from Doda/Kishtwar and 225 from Ramban who are staying in Jammu and being extended relief.

However, there are 18,732 Kashmiri Pandit migrant families that are extended relief in Jammu. 4480 families are from Islamabad; 1215 from Pulwama; 1802 from Budgam; 2209 from Baramulla; 5484 from Srinagar; 1416 from Kupwara; 203 from Bandipora; 306 from Ganderbal; 577 from Shopian and 1040 from Kulgam who are staying in Jammu.

“The surge in the number of migrants is because of registration of families which migrated from their places in Kashmir Valley from 1996 onwards and due bifurcation of nuclear Kashmiri Migrant Families which exist as a separate family unit on ground,” the government said.

Besides, the amount of relief both in form of cash and kind to Kashmiri migrants is also provided.

The ration is provided per soul per month with 9kgs of rice and 2kgs of Atta. More so, each family is Rs 10,000 a month from November 2015, the government said.

In case of Jammu Migrants, the Supreme Court verifications have found that 1054 families have migrated due to “turmoil in region”.

These families are entitled to a cash Assistance of Rs 400 per person, subject to maximum Rs 1600 per family per month. Besides, 9kg rice and 2 kg Atta is given per soul per month plus 10 ltr Kerosene Oil per family per month and Rs 300 per month for purchase of fodder for cattle.

“No further fresh migration, bifurcations are allowed in respect of Jammu migrants since 2004,” the reply added.

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