The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is taking proactive steps to facilitate the return of Kashmiri Pandits community. In the latest move, Sinha’s administration has approved the transfer of 278 canal lands in 5 districts for the construction of over 2600 flats as transit accommodation to ensure the return of Kashmiri migrant employees.
The land was transferred to the disaster relief rehabilitation and reconstruction department in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Jammu and Kashmir Rs. 80,000-crore development package for building a modern, progressive and prosperous development in the valley.
The J&K administration is setting up 6,000 transit flats for migrant Pandit employees in Kashmir with an estimated cost of Rs 920 crores. It includes 208 in south Kashmir’s Kulgam and 96 in central Kashmir’s Budgam. Another set of 1,200 transit accommodations is coming up at Ganderbal, Shopian, Bandipora and north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts.
The L-G administration has set new deadlines for the transit accommodations. The construction work at Shopian will be completed by March 2022 and in north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Bandipora by November 2022.
“We need to double our efforts to ensure that the benefits under various components are being extended to all eligible beneficiaries, especially those who are being left out from the ambit of the welfare measures,” Lt. Governor had said earlier.