New Delhi: With focus on rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Valley, the Centre has asked Jammu and Kashmir government to share “complete details” of the land identified for the plan.
The state government had earlier this month informed the Centre that it had identified three areas for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants especially 62,000 Kashmiri Pandit families who had to leave the Valley following the onset of militancy in early 1990s.
However, sources in Union Home Ministry said that the state government had not shared “complete details which included how much area, its surroundings and feasibility” of settling down the migrants.
The move comes notwithstanding the strike call given by the separatists who are opposed to separate colonies for the Kashmiri pandits.
The Narendra Modi government had kept the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants on top of its agenda and had sanctioned Rs 500 crore in the first budget itself.
The Agenda of Alliance, which is considered as the backbone of PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, also mentions rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Valley as part of their common minimum programme.
The state government has made it clear that there would not be any separate colonies for Kashmiri migrants but the proposed area will have a mix of population in the true spirit of Kashmiriyat.
Person who never lived in Kashmir has started a fight for KPs: Naseeruddin Shah on Kher
As Narendra Modi government celebrates two years in power, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah says citizens of the country should give more time to it before making perceptions though he feels a bit worried by the “changes made in few textbooks”.
He, however, says the government is not “stupid” enough to turn the nation towards “dark ages”. He also hit out at fellow actor Anupam Kher saying that someone who’d never lived in Kashmir suddenly started fighting for Kashmiri Pandits.
“People are taking decisions and making perceptions too fast. I think we should give the government more time. But, there are few things which make me concerned, like the kind of alterations in the text books those are the things to worry about,” Shah said in an interview here.
The 66-year-old actor was in the capital to promote his film “Waiting” which released today. “I believe the people in the government are not stupid to understand the choices in front of them, either to build a modern India or to take us back into the dark ages. I think they are not stupid to take the second choice.
“Not for anything else but to at least be in power. I am not leaving the hope. If we will leave the hope it means we have lost the battle,” he added.
The three-time National award-winning actor also took potshots at Anupam Kher, who has been vocal about his fight for Kashmiri Pandits, especially their rehabilitation in the Valley, saying, “A person who has never lived in Kashmir has started a fight for Kashmiri Pandits. Suddenly, he became a displaced person.”
Shah supported noted lyricist Javed Akhtar’s statements during his farewell speech in Rajya Sabha saying nobody has the right to question a person’s love for their motherland.
“I am sad that statements like these (referring to AIMIM MP Asaddudin Owaisi) are made and then they are not even condemned. Like Javed sahab said, ‘It is his right to say ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat mata ki jai’. I will say it with my choice not because somebody asks me to,’ I support him. Nobody has a right to question my love for my country,” he said.
Akhtar had slammed Owaisi for saying that he won’t chant ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ because the Constitution does not ask him to do so. He had also condemned right-wing extremists who say Muslims should go to Pakistan.
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