New Delhi: Union Home Ministry on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that nearly 3,800 Kashmiri migrants have returned to Jammu and Kashmir in the last few years and over 500 of them after the decision to abrogate special provisions under Article 370. All of them returned to J&K to take up jobs under the Prime Minister’s special package, the Ministry added.
Replying to a written question in the Upper House, the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home G Kishan Reddy said the provision of special jobs for the Kashmiri migrant youths under the PM package “is an important part for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants” who had to leave the valley in early 1990s due to militancy.
The Minister in his reply also said, “A total of nearly 3,800 migrant candidates have returned to Kashmir in the last few years to take up the PM package jobs. Post abrogation of Article 370 (August 2019), as many as 520 migrant candidates have returned for taking up the jobs that have been provided to them under the rehabilitation package.”
He further said said another nearly 2,000 migrant candidates are also likely to return to the Union Territory under the same policy in 2021 on successful completion of the selection process.
Mr Reddy said as per a report of the Relief Office setup in 1990 by the then government of Jammu and Kashmir, 44,167 Kashmiri migrant families have been registered, who had to move out from the valley due to security concerns. Out of these, the count of registered Hindu migrant families is 39,782, he added.