Assembly: Rs 2380 Cr Spent on Kashmiri Pandits Since 1990

Zafar Aafaq

SRINAGAR

Kashmiri Pandits Praying for peace in this file image.
Kashmiri Pandits in this KL file Image.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday revealed that an amount of Rs 238028.38 Lakh was spent on Kashmiri Pandits since 1990.

In a written reply to BJP Lawmaker, Sat Paul Sharma, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation said that various schemes were launched for Kashmir Pandits who fled Valley in 1900s.

Out of over Rs 23 crore assistance, Rs 1547.778 Lakh was paid in cash to the migrant Pandits. And Rs 1409 Lakh is the share of Prime Minister’s empowerment package for the community.

The Pandits were paid Rs over Rs 2 crore in 1989-90 while 2015-16 witnessed a quantum jump in the assistance taking the amount to Rs 25506.397 Lakh.

In another question by BJP’s Rajesh Gupta, the government said that a total of 41333 families are registered as Kashmiri migrants. It includes 37308 Hindu families and 2252 as Muslims families. 18732 families are being given relief out of 41333.

It added that a total of 5180 souls are registered as Jammu migrants who form 958 Hindu and 96 Muslim families.

The government further said that a total of 6060 migrant immovable property cases are registered since 1997 up to December 29, 2015. Srinagar tops the list with 1921 cases followed by Islamabad with 1246 cases. Bandipora has a least number of cases at 18.

There is no case of Pandit migrant land in Kargil and Leh. The government said that in Islamabad, Pandits had left a total of 17991 kanals of land followed by Kupwara 14790 kanals of land.

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