The Dal Lake dwellers will get free medical services and all those requiring specialised treatment will be referred to the tertiary health institutions, including Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial hospital, Gousia Hospital and Kashmir Nursing Homes.

The Mobile Unit will initially operate twice in a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays – and later the duration will be extended according to the requirements, officials said.

The medical mobile service, which would be known as Rashtriya Medical Mobile Unit (RMMU), will provide healthcare to 28 hamlets with an estimated population of around 40,000, besides thousands of tourists staying in and around Dal lake.

Lone PANDIT

All the government efforts to lure Pandits into returning to the valley have failed as only one Pandit family has returned to its native place in four years since the Prime Minister announced a rehabilitation package for the families displaced with the eruption of militancy in the Valley.

A recent report on ‘Demands for Grants (2012-1013) of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has disclosed that only one migrant Pandit family has returned to Kashmir. The report was presented to the Parliament on April 30 this year.

The report stated that it was stated that it was the responsibility of the union as well as the state government for creating conducive atmosphere where these migrants could feel safe after their return to the valley.

The comprehensive rehabilitation package was announced by the Prime Minister on April 25, 2008. Package for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants included some main components offering various incentives and offers like housing, transit accommodation, continuation of cash relief, students scholarships, employment, and assistance to agriculturists and horticulturists to lure them for return in Valley.

For Housing assistance of Rs 7.5 Lakh per family for repair or reconstruction for fully or partially damaged houses, Rs 2 lakh per family for dilapidated or unused houses, assistance of Rs 7.5 lakh per family for purchase and construction of a house in “Group Housing Societies” for those who have sold their properties during the period after 1989 and before the enactment of “The J&K Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint of Distress Sale) Act, 1997” on May 30, 1997.

The package offered by Central Government was not enough for return of KPs to the Valley as they have sold their lands and other business establishments except some orchards. Now the State government has sent a proposal to Central Government seeking enhancement of previously approved amount of Rs 7.5 lakhs to Rs 20 lakh offered for the reconstruction of houses back in the Valley, Member of Legislative Council, Vijay Bakaya said.

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