Rehabilitation Of Kashmiri Migrants Our Core Concern: Sonowal
Baramulla: Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced on Friday that a transit camp at a cost of Rs 40 crore will be constructed for accommodation of 336 Kashmiri Pandit migrant families here as part of efforts to rehabilitate them in the Kashmir Valley.
Sonowal made these remarks after laying the foundation stone of Transit Accommodation Camp at Khawjabagh here, an official spokesperson said.
The Transit camp, having the accommodation facility for about 337 families, shall be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 4032 lakh with a cost of Rs 12 lakh on each flat. About 50 kanals of land has been acquired for the purpose.
Asserting that Kashmiri migrants constitute part and parcel of Kashmir’s composite culture, Sonowal, as per the official spokesperson affirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government is very keen towards the welfare of Kashmiri migrants.
“He said that several concrete measures have been taken in order to ensure their rehabilitation so that they live in their homeland with peace and harmony,” he said.
The Minister, he said, termed the people of Kashmir having loving and accommodative nature and said that time has come when the people of different faiths and beliefs live with peace and prosperity.
“He said that unity in diversity, as envisaged in ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mohatsav” initiative is the only unifying factor for a strong nation,” the official spokesperson said.
He said that the Union Minister, accompanied by top functionaries, was on a two day’s visit to Baramulla district as part of the Union Government's special public outreach programme which aims to evoke feedback from different stakeholders besides listening to their developmental aspirations and other concerns.
On the second leg of his visit, the official spokesperson said Sonowal met scores of delegations and deputations who apprised him about their demands and grievances.
“Representatives of different political parties called on the Minister wherein they highlighted several demands and grievances pertaining to socio-economic development of the society. Those include up gradation of basic infrastructure in AYUSH institutions, development of waterways wherever possible, amongst others,” he said.
In his meeting with a delegation of PRIs, Sonowal as per official spokesperson said that Union Government has a good dream for development of Jammu and Kashmir, adding that the present out-reach programme has been initiated by the Government to know the basic problems of the people at the ground.
“He assured that the demands and grievances projected by the delegations have been taken note of and the same would be put up with Government at Union level as well as with Lieutenant Governor for their timely redressal,” he added.
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