The land - tentatively costing Rs 375 crore -- has been identified under a Central grant of Rs. 1618.4 crore sanctioned in 2008-2009, the Mehbooba Mufti government said yesterday. Besides, the NDA government has earmarked Rs 500 crore for the resettlement of the Kashmir Pandits after coming to power in 2014.
In 2009, around 1,200 families of Kashmiri Pandits were resettled in transit camps with jobs under the Prime Minister's special employment package. But the accommodations, the people say, lack proper infrastructural facilities. The people also say they suffer from social isolation.
Yesterday, in response to a question in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, the government said arrangements were being made to offer around 15,000 jobs to the Kashmiri Pandits. Besides, the Central grant will be used to build 6,000 transit accommodations, a one-time revival of agricultural and horticultural land and scholarship for school-going children.