The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), under the guidance of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), has initiated an ambitious project to rehabilitate people who have become “refugees” in their own country.
The project, which is still on the drawing board, will look at the rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits.
“The aim is not to create separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in or near Srinagar. The aim is to ensure full rehabilitation with jobs, medical care, education and creating a conducive environment for their return. The Centre will take the state along in this ambitious project,” they added.
“We do not want Kashmiri Pandits to live in ghettos in and around Srinagar. We want to settle them to ensure they can begin their lives afresh and have to ensure their children have a bright future. This will be a litmus test of Kashmiriyat,” A Home ministry officer reportedly said.
The government is also planning to rename Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) as Pakistan administered Jammu & Kashmir (PaJK), he said.