Jammu: With 4,600 Kashmiri migrant families seeking to return to Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Government is mulling a new proposal to set up 20 residential clusters for them.

"We have mooted a new proposal for return and rehabilitation of displaced Kashmir migrants to Kashmir Valley in which 20 residential custers would be set up for housing displaced community members," Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner Vinood Koul told a news agency here on Sunday.

The proposal, mooted by Relief and Rehabilitation department, is being fined tuned for its submission to state Cabinet for its approval.

As per new proposal, residential plots in clusters would be provided by the state government to those who desire to return to the Valley as per the place of domicile and Rs 20 lakh would be provided for construction of the house per family for their rehabilitation.

Koul said five clusters would come up in Anantnag districts, 2-3 each in Srinagar, Baramulla districts, 2 each in Kupwara, Budgam, Kulgam and Pulwama and one each in Shopian, Bandipora and Gandherbal.

"The Centre has already agreed to this new proposal and has asked us to get the proposal vetted through the state cabinet for its formal approval by the Centre," Koul said.

"So far no migrant family has returned to Kashmir," he said.

A return and rehabilitation package of Rs 1,618 crores was announced by the Prime Minister in 2008 but officials it had many lacunae.

As per 2008 package, a migrant family can get no land for residential purpose with house construction assistance of just Rs 7.5 lakh for fully or partially damaged house and Rs 2.00 lakh for dilapidated and unused houses.

The package was Rs 7.5 lakh for purchase and construction of a house in Group Housing Societies for those who have sold their properties during the period after 1989.

Over 4,600 applications have been received from the Kashmiri migrant families, who wish to return back to the Valley under the policy of return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants.

Of these, 1682 families are still in possession of immovable assets and these applications have been referred for verification.

The largest number of 1,237 applications for the return to Kashmir Valley have been received from Srinagar district followed by 1,140 applications from Anantnag district, 462 from Baramulla district, 431 from Budgam district, 359 from Pulawama district, 283 from Kulgam district, 240 from Kupawara district, 150 from Shopian district and 98 from Ganderbal district.

As many as 38,119 families of Kashmiris are registered as migrants with Relief Organisation at Jammu, they said, adding that of these, 34,202 families are Hindus, 2,168 Muslims and 1,749 Sikhs.

19,338 Kashmiri migrant families are living in Delhi, 11 families in Himachal Pradesh, 924 in Haryana, 114 in Chandigarh, 319 in Punjab, 57 in Uttaranchal, 222 in UP, 43 in MP, one in Tamil Nadu, 38 in Karnataka, 208 in Maharastra and 48 in Rajasthan.

(Agencies)