Resettlement of Kashmiri pundits a distant dream?

| Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 18:33
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J&K: Resettlement of Kashmiri pandits in the valley still seems to be a dream that's far fetched. Despite the resettlement being a priority in the coalition agreement, differences have emerged between the parties on how the migrants should return.
While BJP has proposed secured townships to secure them from any form of terror attacks, the PDP wants them to reintegrate with muslims.
The sticky points; BJP vs PDP:
Exclusive township v/s inclusive resettlement
High targets sets for land procurement for pandits
Govt. jobs set aside for pandits to help them earn living
The bigger question that remains to be answered is even if the government constructs the townships exclusively meant for Pandit community, is the minority community in the Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir ready to move into them.
Kashmiri Pandits, living in different parts of the country, say until and unless the political uncertainty and violence continues in valley, their chances’ of return remains abysmal, and the decision of return has to be taken in consultation with both mainstream and separatists leadership in Kashmir.
As part of the renewed efforts to bring back displaced Kashmiri Pandits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had asked the state government to identify and earmark 16,800 kanals of land in three districts of the Valley - Anantnag, Baramulla and Budgam - where migrant families could be resettled.
About three lakh Kashmiri Pandits had left the Valley when the first wave of militancy began 25 years ago and many more were either raped and killed. Muslims have shouted anti-pundit slogans and attacked them on various occasions.   
 Although successive governments have committed themselves to the return of Pandits but nothing has changed yet for this minority community in the Muslim majority state.

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