Jammu & Kashmir

Rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants our core concern: GoI

Kashmiri Pandits attend a religious function in Srinagar. FPK FILE PHOTO

Baramulla: Stating that Kashmiri migrants constitute part and parcel of Kashmir’s composite culture, India’s Minister of AYUSH and Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday affirmed that the Government of India led by Narendra Modi is very keen on 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.

The Minister made these remarks after laying the foundation stone of Transit Accommodation Camp at Khawjabagh Baramulla.

The Transit camp, having an 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.

While terming the people of Kashmir as having a loving and accommodating nature, the Minister 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.

Pertinent to mention that the Minister, accompanied by top functionaries was on two day’s visit to Baramulla district as part of the Government’s special public outreach programme which aims to evoke feedbacks from different stakeholders besides listening to their developmental aspirations and other concerns.

On the second leg of his visit, 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 the socio-economic development of the society.

Those include up-gradation of basic infrastructure in AYUSH institutions, development of waterways wherever possible, amongst others.

A delegation of PRIs extended gratitude to the GoI for conducting the outreach programme so as to hear the common masses.

Sarbananda Sonowal gave a patient hearing and expressed happiness over the meeting held with the delegations. He said that Government has a good dream for the development of Jammu and Kashmir, adding that the present outreach programme has been initiated by the Government to know the basic problems of the people on 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 the Government at the central level as well as with Lieutenant Governor for their timely redressal.

Impressed with the positive and cooperative attitude of the different cross-section of the people, the Minister said that everyone has to play its part in boosting the development tempo.

He congratulated the PRIs for the successful establishment of a three-tier Panchayati Raj System and said that the three-tier system of government was available to the people of Jammu and Kashmir first time in the history of independence.

Further, the Minister said that the Government of India has been already working on various flagship programmes aimed at developing the socio-economic status of the people and a number of new schemes are also in pipeline.


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