Srinagar- No Kashmiri Pandit has migrated from Kashmir since the abrogation of Article-370, while the central government has approved construction of 6,000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri migrant employees working in the Valley under Prime Minister’s special employment package, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
“As per record, no Kashmiri Pandit reportedly migrated from Kashmir during said period (August 5, 2019 to July 9, 2022),” Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai submitted in the Rajya Sabha, to a question by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
Rai also said the government has acquired state land (including Khalsa Sarkar, Kahchrie, Shamilat, etc.,) measuring 2,359.45 hectares for various public purposes such as roads, railways, schools, playgrounds, parks, border fencing and industrial estates during 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-2022 (up to June 2022).
“The Government of India approved the construction of 6,000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri migrant employees engaged or to be engaged in different districts of Kashmir Valley under Prime Minister’s Development Package, 2015 (PMDP-2015) announced on November 7, 2015.
“Construction of 1,025 units has been completed or substantially completed, 1,872 units are at different stages of completion and work on remaining units has been taken up,” he said replying to a written question.
The minister said 8,565.40 hectares of state land was transferred under Roshni Act 2001 to individuals, institutions and entrepreneurs. (With PTI inputs)
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