|KPs wailing, rehabilitation still distant dream|
|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Oct 12: Kashmiri Pandit community, which had to leave their Home and Hearth in Kashmir valley in 1989 due to deterioration of the situation there, are yet to be rehabilitated properly even after 20 years and have still no hope of returning back in wake of present situation in the valley.
On the rehabilitation side, about 25 thousand families are yet to get even one room or two tenements in the migrant colonies built by state government with the help of the union government. They are forced to put in rental accommodations in Jammu and its nearby areas. Some migrants had also built up their houses in Jammu and in its outskirts.
In 1989, about 3 lakh Kashmir Pandits migrated to Jammu from Kashmir valley. But at present, only 8-9 thousand families were accommodated in four major camps at Muthi, Purkhoo, Mishriwala, and Nagrota, in one room or two room tenements.
It is pertinent to mention here that there are about twenty five thousand families which are residing in rented houses and some of them are have made their personals houses for them. “We are still waiting for rehabilitation but so far, nothing concrete has been done,” said Suresh Raina, one of the migrant youth.