SRINAGAR, July 4: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla on Wednesday convened a meeting of high level officers at Civil Secretariat and discussed various issues pertaining to Kashmiri migrants.
The meeting was attended among others by Minister of State for Home, PHE, Tourism and Revenue, Nasir Aslam Wani, Commissioner -Secretary to Government, Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, B.A. Runyal, Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner, (Migrants) R.K Pandita, District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal, Showkat Ahmed Mir, Chairman, SSRB-, Mohammad Afzal Bhat and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
While reviewing the progress of tenements under construction at Jagti, the Minister was informed that against 4224 flats, 4128 flats have been completed and the remaining 96 flats are at the final stage of completion. He was also informed that around 3472 flats have already been allotted to the eligible Kashmiri migrants. Besides, the work on drains, roads and water supply schemes and electrification is at the final stage. However, Mr. Bhalla impressed upon the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner to ensure speedy completion of all the remaining works.
During the meeting, the issue of transit accommodation meant for migrant families, who want to return Kashmir valley was also discussed in threadbare. The Minister issued instructions to the officers of PHE Department to ensure clean drinking water supply facilities at all the transit camps. The Administrative Department Revenue was also directed for releasing funds to the PHE Department for providing water supply at Vessu, Mattan and Baramulla Transit camps.
It was revealed that the State Government has constructed 505 units at different places of the Valley for providing transit accommodation to the Kashmiri migrants, who intend to return back. However, this accommodation is presently being utilized by the employees appointed under the Prime Minister’s package. The meeting was informed that 335 units against 505 units have already been constructed and remaining units will be completed by August 15, 2012.
The Minister also threw light on the recently revised package submitted to Central Government for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants which include enhancement of assistance for construction of their own houses from Rs 7.50 lakh to Rs 20 lakh and also enhancement of cash relief from Rs 5000 to Rs 10, 000 per family per month.
The meeting was also informed that 1443 posts which have remained unfilled owing to de-reservation of posts and non joining of earlier selected candidates will immediately be referred to the concerned recruiting agencies for making selection of eligible candidates.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Home & Revenue, Nasir Aslam Wani asked the officers for providing adequate facilities to the inmates of transit camps, so that they don’t face any inconvenience in these camps.