LG Pitches For Early Return Of Kashmiri Pandits

‘Many people yearn for their old lives and would like to return to their homeland’

Srinagar: Asking the government officials to take proactive steps to facilitate the return of displaced Pandits to the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said Saturday that it is the government’s responsibility to make sure the dream of thousands of Kashmiri migrants returning to their homeland turns into reality.

Chairing a meeting to review the functioning of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction (DMRR&R) Department here at Raj Bhavan on Saturday, the LG said that the government officials must take proactive steps to facilitate the return of Kashmiri Pandits community who were forced to flee their homes and now settled in various parts of the country, an official spokesperson said.

The LG said that there were many families living in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and other parts of the country and abroad who are willing to return home or register themselves. He said that the officials of the UT Government must roll out an extensive exercise to reach out to them through proper means of communication

First of all, we must ensure that the entire population of Kashmiri Migrants is registered with the J&K Government. “Many people yearn for their old lives and would like to return to their homeland. Some families are well settled elsewhere but may want to come here to pay obeisance to their motherland and get registered as Kashmiri migrants. Work on this with utmost sensitivity and sincerity,” Sinha said, as per the official spokesperson.

“It is government’s responsibility to make sure this dream of thousands of people turns into reality with proactive approach of the administration,” he added.

The LG, as per the official spokesperson also told the officers to ensure that the benefits of Kashmiri migrants must reach all the communities which are falling under the said category.

Taking stock of the future deliverables of the department, the LG, he said, directed the officials to take effective measures for completion of works within committed timelines.

“Delays in delivering public services and execution of development works won’t be accepted. Action will be taken against the officials responsible for the holding up of the works,” the official spokesperson quoted Sinha as saying.

Setting the agenda straight, the LG, he said, fixed the deadlines for the completion of transit accommodations for Kashmiri Migrant Employees across the valley. He said that the LG also directed for preponing the targeted timeframe for completion of the ongoing construction works and set November this year as new timeline for completion of Transit Accommodation at Ganderbal.

He further said that directions were also passed for the completion of construction work at Shopian by March, 2022 and at Baramulla & Bandipora by November, 2022.

“Timelines need to be adhered to for the completion of construction work of transit accommodations. Any official found responsible for delays shall be taken to task. Tenders for the upcoming works must be prepared in consultation with stakeholders for smooth and early execution of works,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

“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. At the same, it must be ensured that no in-eligible person shall be entitled to any of the benefits which is the rightful claim of someone else,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG also passed clear cut directions for identifying unauthorized allocation of accommodations and taking strict measures to vacate the same.

While taking detailed assessment of the works done under Civic Action programme, the LG, he said, directed for proper fund utilization for quality output and instructed the concerned Chief Engineer to submit a comprehensive report chart on the work executed so far.

“Instructions were passed to the senior officials for taking a periodic review of the progress made under ongoing projects, besides putting dedicated efforts through comprehensive measures to remove bottlenecks, if any,” the official spokesperson said.

Earlier, he said, Simrandeep Singh, Secretary to the Government, Department of DMRR&R, gave a detailed briefing on the working of the department and measures initiated in respect to extending Relief to Kashmiri and Jammu Migrants; Implementation of PMDP component of providing 3000 Jobs to Kashmiri Migrants; Constructing 6000 Transit flats for Migrants Employees in Kashmir; providing Financial package to PcK DPs; Financial package for West Pakistan Refugees; World Bank Funded Project of NDMA for Seismic Risk reduction.

“While enquiring about the present status of the 6000 Transit flats for Migrants Employees in Kashmir, the chair was informed that 304 Units are being constructed at Kulgam (208) and Budgam (96), besides accumulative 1200 Transit Accommodations are coming up at Ganderbal, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, and land for other 2744 Units has been identified at 07 locations,” he added.

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