SRINAGAR — The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that a huge number of Kashmiri Pandits have moved back to Kashmir and taken up various jobs in the valley and that 26,684 migrant youth have expressed interest in going back to their homeland.
In a written reply to a query, the Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, said that as per the report of relief office set up in 1990 by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, 44,167 Kashmiri migrant families are registered who left the valley since 1990.
“Out of these, the count of registered Hindu migrant families is 39,782”, the reply reads.
The reply added that Kashmiri Pandits have felt more secure in the recent past as evident from the fact that 3,841 Kashmiri migrant youth have moved back to Kashmir and have taken up jobs in various districts of Kashmir under the Prime Minister’s rehabilitation package.
The MoS in a reply said that another 1997 candidates have been selected for jobs under the same package in April 2021, and they will be moving to Kashmir soon.
“It is also pertinent to mention that as many as 26,684 Kashmiri migrant youth showed interest in going back to the valley by applying for the above referred 1,997 posts, which were advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir’s recruitment Board in December 2020,” reads the reply.
“The government has also prepared a comprehensive policy to provide residential accommodation to these Kashmiri migrants who have moved back to Kashmir”, the reply reads. “6,000 residential units are being constructed for them at an accelerated pace. Already, 1,000 residential units are being used by these employees.”
About the number of Kashmiri Pandits and Dogra Hindu families living in the valley, including the Sikhs and Shias, the reply said that approximately 900 such families, including Kashmiri Pandits and Dogra Hindu families, are residing in Kashmir.
The reply said that as regards those who never migrated from Kashmir, the government allowed their inclusion in the jobs package for Kashmiri Migrants adding that besides they are getting all benefits of government schemes along with others in Kashmir.
The reply also reads that the government has taken necessary steps to protect the life and property of the people. “These include pro-active operations against militants, identification and arrest of over-ground workers/supporters of militancy, action against members of banned organizations, intensified night-patrolling, checking at nakas, security arrangements through appropriate deployment, coordination meetings amongst intelligence agencies, maintaining a high level of alertness, etc,” reads the MHA reply.