Jammu & Kashmir

No minority exodus from Kashmir due to safety issues, says GoI

Commuters walk in Lal Chowk Srinagar. [File Photo]

New Delhi: The Government of India on Wednesday denied that the minority community is shifting its base to Jammu due to safety reasons.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) India said that Narendra Modi’s “Naya Kashmir” vision is taking root as over 500 migrants returned to the valley to seek jobs under the Prime Minister’s Development Package for Jammu and Kashmir announced in 2015.

Minister of State for Home Affairs India Nityanand Rai informed Rajya Sabha that nine properties in the valley have also been restored to their rightful owners.

The Home Ministry of India presented figures to stress that there has been no mass exodus, reports said.

“In October 2021, about 115 Kashmiri Pandit families, mostly women, and children moved to Jammu. These families are of government employees and many of them move to Jammu in winter as part of the movement of officials, and winter vacation in educational institutions,” he stated in another written statement when questioned about the safety of the community in the valley.

The Ministry of Home Affairs India also presented data to back its claim that the ground situation has changed in the last two years.

The number of militant incidents in Jammu and Kashmir during a period of 841 days after Article 370, which granted special status to the state, was revoked dipped to 496 from the 843 cases reported in the same span of time prior to the abrogation, the government of India informed the upper house of the parliament.


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