Jammu: J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that the state government is working on a multifaceted programme for return of Kashmiri Pandits and the key to its success is restoration of sense of security in them.

“There is tremendous improvement in the situation in the Valley,” Omar told a group of students from University of Chicago (US) currently working on a research project on Kashmiri Pandits.

"(State) government is doing whatever possible with the assistance of Union Government to make effective dent in this regard."

Elaborating on the multifaceted programme for return of Kashmiri Pandits, he said, "Creation of economic opportunities for Kashmiri Pandit youth and reservation in government jobs for them are being focused as meaningful incentives to the community to encourage their return to the Valley in a conducive and peaceful atmosphere".

The chief minister noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently inaugurated a satellite township of two-room tenement at Jagti in Nagrota for Kashmiri Pandit migrants living in camps in Jammu.

About 2,500 young pandits have been provided jobs in the Valley and job orders for equal number is in the pipeline. "This is as a part of the initiative taken to encourage younger generation to return to the Valley and get involved in the economic and life activities,” he added.

(Agencies)