SRINAGAR: A total of 64,827 families left the Kashmir Valley in 1990 due to “onset of militancy”, said the Jammu and Kashmir government in an RTI reply, which, activist Praffull Sarda, who sought the information, called “surprising”.
The Pune-based businessman criticised the government for not acknowledging that Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave the Valley due to “genocide”. “It is surprising to know that RTI revert from the government said that due to onset of militancy, people left Kashmir valley in 1990,” he said.
Speaking to The New Indian, Sarda said, “Why is the government not openly accepting that genocide happened with Kashmiri Pandits? They are still being treated as refugees in our country.”
“It has been more than three decades since the people who forced to leave Kashmir Valley are waiting for justice, waiting for their rights,” he further stated.
As per the information furnished by the government under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 44,837 registered migrants are settled in Jammu, 19,338 registered migrants in Delhi-NCR and a total of 1,995 registered migrants are settled in a few states/UTs in the country.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in tandem with the government of Jammu and Kashmir has taken several measures for relief/rehabilitation of the Kashmiri migrants,” it said.
The government, in the RTI reply, said that it provides monthly cash relief of Rs 3,250 per person with the ceiling of Rs 13,000 per family and monthly ration of 9-kg rice, 2-kg atta per person and 1-kg sugar per family of Kashmiri migrants.
It said that the government of India had given approval to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir for the creation of 3,000 state government jobs under the Prime Minister Relief Package, 2008, out of which, 2,905 posts have been filled.
The Jammu and Kashmir government had also received approval from the Centre for creation of additional 3,000 state government jobs for Kashmiri migrants under the Prime Minister Development Package, 2015, the RTI revealed.
The government said that it had also received approval for construction of 6,000 transit accommodations in the Kashmir Valley for the migrants who were provided jobs under PMRP-2008 and under PMDP-2015.