Home Ministry’s Kashmir Plan

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Kashmir was given a slip in Home Minister P Chidambharam’s plan I. But the second plan has not only a mention, but specific details and deadlines to deal with issues like cross LoC trade, implementation of Prime minister’s reconstruction plan, rationalisation of CRPF and return of Kashmiri migrant Pandits.  
Home Ministry’s Plan II says that ‘certain difficulties, relating to commodities traded, procedures, infrastructure at the crossing points’ in cross LoC trade ‘are to be sorted out’. It sets July 15 as the deadline to do away with these impediments.  
Omar Abdullah’s decision to send CRPF back to barracks in Baramulla town seems to be a policy that home ministry had been considering otherwise as well. Relocation of central paramilitary forces from public premises presently occupied by them may be set in process soon. Chidambharam wants the relocation as well as the rationalization of these forces deployed in J&K to be over by the end of this month.
To revive action taken by the state government for implementation of prime minister’s package announced on April 25, 2008 milestones and timelines would be fixed by July 31 this year.
The package has funds for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, one-time compensation of Rs 5.00 lakh to the next-of-kin of civilians killed in militancy related incidents in lieu of compassionate appointment, enhanced monthly pension to widows who are victims of militancy, scholarship to all orphans without discrimination, special dispensation for West Pakistan refugees, and package for settlement of pending claims of displaced persons from Pak Administered Kashmir.
The return of Kashmiri Pandits has been discussed in little more detail as issue 4 and 5 of Plan II. It says that 5242 two-roomed tenements for Kashmiri Migrants have been constructed in Jammu, besides 1024 houses at Purkhoo, Muthi and Nagrota in Jammu and have been allotted to families. The construction of remaining 4218 houses at Jagti is under progress. The state cabinet has given time till May 2010 for completion of these houses – 2160 flats to be completed by Nov 2009 and remaining 2058 by end April 2010.  
“Progress will be reviewed with State Government on 31.08.09 and 30.09.09 including site visits,” states the plan document.
This is besides the construction of 200 flats at Sheikhpura in Budgam district as transit accommodation for Kashmiri migrants on which work was stopped at the final stages. “Pending completion the premises has been occupied by JKP/CRPF. Home Ministry has ordered the vacation,” says the document, further asking for specific actions like vacation of security forces and completion of work.
About the Security Related Expenditure (SRE), home ministry has asked for ‘settling pending claims to be received from State Government for the 1st quarter, with Utilisation Certificate’ before July 31.
For the implementation of Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP), a detailed review is to be undertaken with the Ministries/State Government and target dates and milestones for completion of various projects/schemes finalized and monitored. The deadline in this case again will be July 31, 2009.

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