JAMMU, June 14: A day after announcing that the Centre would bear cost of Rs 105 crore for raising two women battalions in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs headed by Rajnath Singh, today issued a formal order increasing monthly cash relief of Kashmiri and Jammu migrants by 30 per cent.
An announcement of increase in the relief of migrants was made by Rajnath during his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on July 7 and 8. He had stated here at a press conference that the orders on increase in monthly relief of Kashmiri and Jammu migrants will be issued immediately on his return to New Delhi. Click here to watch video
“The Government of India has increased the monthly cash relief of Kashmiri and Jammu migrants by 30 per cent. Now it will be Rs 3250 per person and limited to Rs 13,000 per family per month. Earlier, the cash relief given to Kashmir and Jammu migrants was Rs 2500 per person with a limit of Rs 10,000 per family per month since 2015,” an official statement issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, said.
The cash amount, the statement said, will be transferred to bank accounts of eligible beneficiaries with a view to enhance efficiency of disbursement.
“The entire expenditure will be borne by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and reimbursed to the State Government of Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.
Rajnath had announced 30 per cent increase in the monthly relief of Kashmiri and Jammu migrants.
Asserting that repair and renovation of Jagati and Talwara camps, where the migrants are currently living is also underway, the MHA statement said, the Government of India will reimburse the entire expenses for these works also.
“Under Prime Minister’s Rehabilitation Package, 2015, the Government of India had sanctioned 3000 additional State Government jobs for Kashmiri migrants. The Jammu and Kashmir Government has already approved 3000 posts in its 20 Departments and the process of recruitment has started. The entire expenses for employing 3000 Kashmiri migrants in the State Government jobs for 10 years will also be reimbursed by the Government of India,” the statement said.
During his press conference before returning to New Delhi, Rajnath had announced raising of nine police battalions in Jammu and Kashmir, increase in monthly relief of Kashmiri and Jammu migrants, Rs 5.5 lakh compensation per family of West Pakistani refugees and increase in compensation of civilians and livestock of the border dwellers, killed during Pakistan shelling and firing besides construction of bunkers and `Seema Bhawans’ and bullet-proof ambulances for them.
Yesterday, the MHA had issued order for raising of two women police battalions in Jammu and Kashmir with 60 per cent posts reserved for 10 border districts of the State.
Sources said the order for compensation of Rs 5.5 lakh to every family of West Pakistani refugees will also be issued shortly.