A pandit colony in Pulwama.
A pandit colony in Pulwama (KL Image Archives).

The Union government has approved construction of 6000flats with 3000 jobs for Kashmiri Pandits during a recent meeting held between Union Home Ministry and State Government in New Delhi two days prior to visit of PM Narendra Modi to State.

Reports said the Union Home Ministry which held a meeting with the representatives of the State’s Relief and Rehabilitation Ministry in the Union Capital has in principle agreed that the Union Government will provide funds for the remaining 3000 jobs out of 6000 jobs which were pending under the then PM’s package announced by Dr Manmohan Singh way back in 2008.

Out of these 6000 jobs, the funds for 3000 posts were to be generated by the State Government while for the remaining 3000 posts Union Government had agreed to provide funds at that time.

2187 Kashmiri Pandit were employed in last seven years for which Union Government paid funds, however, the State Government could not do the same due to paucity of funds.

Out of these 6000 quarters, 100 quarters each will be constructed immediately at Migrant Camp Vessu in Kulgam district of South Kashmir and Sheikhpora camp in Budgam district of Central Kashmir.

Government of India is also likely to give nod to construction of a composite township in Kashmir valley for displaced Pandits, reports added.

Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has voiced opposition to the separate township proposal and instead put forth a proposal before the Union Government regarding construction of a composite township in which people from all communities can be settled.


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