Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said his government would ensure smooth return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, calling them an integral part of the society in the Valley.

"Till the time return of migrants takes place smoothly, all facilities need to be provided to them at the migrant township and other places in Jammu," Abdullah said at the Apex Advisory Committee meeting of Kashmir migrants here.

He said there is a need to create conducive and palatable atmosphere for large scale return of the migrants.

"The appointment of Kashmiri migrant youth under Prime Minister's Package in the Valley and their stay here has paved the way in this direction," the Chief Minister said.

He said the government has recommended enhancement of cash assistance to migrant families from present Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per family per month to the Union Government.

"I will myself take up the issue with the Union Home Minister for early action on this issue so that migrant families are benefitted," he said.

The Chief Minister approved conversion of 588 one-room tenements at Purkhoo in two-room dwelling units to accommodate equal number of deserving and needy migrant families.

A proposal to this effect was put forth by the Relief and Rehabilitation Department in the meeting. It would involve an expenditure of about Rs 8.43 crore, the CM was informed.

The Chief Minister directed for taking immediate action for transfer of recently completed Jagti Water Supply Scheme at a cost of Rs 15.19 crore to the PHE Department for its operation to ensure regular water supply to Jagti Township.

Abdullah asked the concerned officials to provide permanent drivers for four ambulances for meeting primary health care requirements at the migrant township.

He also gave nod to the construction of 160 shops on the pattern of self-financing for the shopkeepers who have shifted to Jagti from other locations and lost livelihood means.

"Need for construction of such shops at other places where migrants are residing in two-room tenements should also be ascertained and proposal formulated accordingly," he said.

(Agencies)

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