Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Kashmiri Pandits


There are 808 families residing in the Kashmir Valley and 59442 registered migrant  families  continue to reside outside the Valley of Kashmir as informed by State Government.
            The status of temples in Kashmir Valley as informed by the State Government, is  given below:
Temples existing before migration
430
Temples intact
260
Temples damaged
170
Temples renovated
  90



            In order to mitigate the hardship faced by the Kashmiri Migrants, a Cash relief @   Rs. 1250/- per head per month subject to maximum of Rs. 5000/- per family per month is being provided to the eligible families in Jammu and Delhi.  This scale is effective from 1.7.2009.  Other State/UT’s are providing reliefs to migrants in accordance with the scale fixed by them.
            The return of the migrants to the Valley is voluntary and no roadmap is possible.  To facilitate their return, for those willing to return to the Valley, a comprehensive Package amounting to Rs. 1618.40 crore has been announced by the Hon’ble PM in 2008, which provides for a provision of assistance for repair/renovation and damaged houses, transit accommodation, continuance of cash and rations relief, students’ scholarship, employment in Government and financial assistance for self employment, financial assistance to agriculturists and horticulturists and waiver of interest on loans.
            This was stated by Shri Jitendra Singh, Minister of State of Home Affairs in written reply to a question by Dr. Gyan Prakash Pilania in theRajya Sabha today.

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