The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today approved the proposal for providing relief to the migrants of Hilly areas of Jammu division, at par with the relief being provided to Kashmiri migrants, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said.
The new proposal, that would enhance the relief being provided to the migrants of hilly areas of Jammu division at par with the Kashmiri migrants, that is a cash relief of Rs 2500 per head per month (maximum Rs 10,000 per family per month) plus relief for ration/fodder, will involve a total estimated expenditure of Rs 13.45 crore per annum.
Presently, the Jammu and Kashmir government is providing cash relief of Rs 400 per head per month (maximum Rs 1600/- per family per month), cash assistance of Rs 300 per cattle per month for purchase of fodder, plus dry ration (9 kg atta, 2 kg rice per person per month and 10 litre kerosene per family per month) to the migrants of Hilly areas of Jammu division.
The expenditure incurred by the state government in this regard would now be reimbursed by the Central Government.
Terrorist violence/militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in its early phases (early 1990s), had led to large scale forced migration from Kashmir Valley. Besides the families who migrated from the Valley, many families migrated from different hilly areas of Jammu division to safer places of nearby towns due to security reasons.
At present, there are about 1054 registered Jammu migrant families.