Pandits Cost Delhi Rs 1663.92 Crore Since 1990

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The amount of money spent on relief and rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits have totaled Rs 1663.92 crore till September this year, union home ministry has disclosed.

This excludes the recent package to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore that government announced last month.

Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed the Lok Sabha that home ministry reimbursed the amount under SRE (Relief and Rehabilitation) to Jammu and Kashmir government on relief and rehabilitation of the migrants since 1990 when they left Kashmir.

Out of this amount, Chaudhary disclosed, that Rs 155.03 crore has been incurred in 2014-15 and Rs 181.75 crore during 2015-16 till September this year.

The government has registered 62,000 Kashmiri migrant families across India. The community was provided with 3,000 jobs in 2008 under which 1,963 jobs were provided by the state government out of which 1,597 have joined.

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