Rajnath favours composite colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in JK

New Delhi, May 27: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday favoured creation of composite colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in their home state and even suggested having some Sikh and Muslim families in these dwellings.

"In presence of Mufti saab (former CM Mufti Mohammed Sayed), we had discussed and he said that Kashmiri Pandits will be provided land for rehabilitation. After him, we have talked to Mehbooba Mufti (J and K Chief Minister) and she too has agreed to the composite colonies (proposal).

Rajnath favours colonies for K Pandits

She said she too wants that Kashmiri Pandits come (to JK) and there is no problem in having composite colonies. If along with Pandits, some Sikhs and Muslims even live here then what is the problem?" he said in an interview to a news channel.

Talking to another channel, he said the situation has improved in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Stone pelting incidents which means incidents of stone throwing that used to happen, have declined by 50 per cent and as far as the question of rehabilitation is concerned we are moving in that direction. But we have to work in cooperation with the state government in this regard," he said.

On the issue of raising of ISIS flags in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the terror group will not be able to have any influence in India.

He said fringe elements are raising flags in J-K. "Jammu and Kahsmir was an integral part of India, it is and it will always remain so. Our policy is clear that both terror and talks cannot go together," Singh said.

With a focus on rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Valley, the Centre recently had asked the state government to share "complete details" of the land identified for the plan.

The state government had earlier this month informed the Centre that it had identified three areas for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants especially 62,000 Kashmiri Pandit families who had to leave the Valley following the onset of militancy in early 1990s.

However, sources in Union Home Ministry had said the state government had not shared "complete details which included how much area, its surroundings and feasibility" of settling down the migrants.

The move comes notwithstanding the strike call given by separatists who are opposed to separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits.

The Narendra Modi government had kept the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants on top of its agenda and had sanctioned Rs 500 crore in its first budget itself.

The Agenda of Alliance, which is considered the backbone of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, also mentions rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Valley as part of their common minimum programme.

The state government has made it clear that there would not be any separate colonies for Kashmiri migrants but the proposed area will have a mix of population in the true spirit of Kashmiriyat.


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