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Govt formulating policy for return of Pandits: Governor
7/19/2019 6:50:24 PM

Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday said the government is in the process of formulating a policy for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits (KPs).
“A policy is being formulated and more details will emerge soon,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function at SKICC, here, to mark the launch of electric buses in Srinagar.
The government is reviving a plan to build secured camps to resettle KPs in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley, a proposal that would almost certainly heighten tensions in the restive region.
Recently governor Malik justified the concept of building separate townships for returning Pandits, saying locations for such boroughs had already been identified and work was underway to develop them.
“Separate township is not a matter of choice but out of necessity. We have to give them (KPs) a nice place to stay, of their choice,” he said.
In 1990 most of the KPs left Kashmir after insurgency broke out. Different accounts give different statistics of the total number of Pandits who fled their homes in the 1990s. While some say around 100000 of them had left the valley, others suggest figures as high as 150000 to 190000.
According to official records, as many as 219 Pandits were killed in Kashmir between 1989 and 2008 by militants.
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