Srinagar: A whopping Rs 3000 crore have been spent on the rehabilitation of migrants, surrendered militants and the families of security forces personnel killed in militancy related incidents in Kashmir since 1989, a report of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has revealed.
The report for the year 2016-2017 states that under the “Relief and Rehabilitation scheme”, the total amount reimbursed to the J&K government since 1989 is Rs 27228.65 Crore.
“During the current financial year, Rs 363.04 Crore were reimbursed to the J&K government. The scheme broadly covers relief and rehabilitation of families of civilians and security forces killed in militancy related incidents and the rehabilitation of surrendered militants,” the official report said. “The scheme also covers Kashmiri and Jammu migrants.”
The report, however, doesn’t mention the number of families or the surrendered militants covered under the scheme. Pertinently, at least 300 youth had returned to their respective homes after the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah introduced “rehabilitation policy for the youth willing to return from Pakistan administered Kashmir, in 2010.”
62000 migrant families: The MHA report further states that due to onset of militancy in J&K in early 1990s, most of the Kashmiri Pandit families along with some Sikh and Muslim families migrated from Kashmir to Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the India. “At present, there are about 62,000 registered Kashmiri migrant families in India, out of which about 40,000 families are residing in Jammu, about 20,000 families in Delhi/NCR and about 2000 families are settled in other states,” the report states.
The J&K government is providing cash relief of Rs 2500 per head per month (maximum of 10,000 per family per month) plus dry ration (9 Kg Rice, 2 Kg Atta per person per month and 1 Kg Sugar per family per month) to eligible 18,250 families living in Jammu. “Expenditure incurred by the J&K government in this respect is reimbursed by the Ministry of Home Affairs under SRE (R&R),” the reports said. “A variety of measures have been taken over the years by the GoI by way of financial assistance / relief and other initiatives to provide succour and support to the affected families, within a broad policy framework that those who have migrated will eventually return to their roots.”
Package for Kashmiri Migrants: The report said a rehabilitation package was announced by the Government in the year 2008 for the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants, which provided for many comprehensive facilities for the migrants— provision of 6000 state government jobs (3000 jobs with Central funding and 3000 jobs with State funding), financial assistance for purchase / construction of houses, construction of transit accommodations, continuation of cash relief to migrants, scholarship to students, assistance for self-employment, assistance to the agriculturists and the horticulturist, waiver of interest on unpaid loan, etc.
“The package is being implemented by the J&K government. So far, state government jobs have been provided to 1917 migrant youths, two families have availed financial assistance for construction of houses, and all the targeted 505 transit accommodations have been constructed in Kashmir,” the report states. “Besides, the Government of India has approved another package, in November 2015, for providing additional 3000 state government jobs to the Kashmiri migrants and construction of 6000 transit accommodations in Kashmir for the Kashmiri migrants to whom state government jobs have been provided/ will be provided. The State Government of Jammu and Kashmir is implementing the package. So far the State Government has identified 3000 posts in 16 different departments; recruitment process is likely to be started soon.”