‘5,248 families live in camps in Jammu’
Srinagar, Mar 11: As many as 2609 Muslim families and 1729 Sikh families figure in J&K’s migrant list, official documents reveal.
According to the report of parliamentary panel on Ministry of Home Affairs, a copy of which is available with the wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), there are 64,827 registered migrant families comprising 60,489 Hindu families, 2,609 Muslim families and 1,729 Sikh families.
Out of these 64,827 families, 43,494 families are registered in Jammu, 19,338 in Delhi and 1,995 families are settled in other States/UTs of the country. Out of the 43,494 migrant families living, only 5,248 families are living in migrant camps of Jammu. As per the report, 1054 families migrated from hilly regions of Jammu and got registered and settled in Jammu.
“Out of this, Government of Jammu & Kashmir has provided temporary rehabilitation to 5,698 registered migrants in Jammu, Reasi, Udhampur and Ramban of Jammu region,” reads the report.
These details have been provided to Jammu and Kashmir government to the department-related standing committee of MHA headed by Anand Sharma of Congress.
After the outbreak of armed conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, thousands of families have migrated from Kashmir Valley and Chenab Valley of Jammu region and settled in Jammu and other states and UTs.
Since 90s, the Government of India has rolled out special packages for their relief and rehabilitation. As per KNO, these migrants are eligible for cash relief of Rs. 3250 per person with the ceiling of Rs. 13,000 per family per month. The cash relief was last time enhanced in June 2018.
In its report, the committee has observed that living conditions in the 849 transit accommodations are not good and MHA should send a team to visit the transit accommodation and take necessary steps to provide adequate living conditions including floor space, hygienic food, water supply, sanitation and other basic amenities. “The Committee also recommends that the MHA should fast-track the construction of new transit accommodations so that the burden on the existing accommodation may be eased,” reads the report