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Amit Shah formulating 'effective policy' to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits
New Delhi July 21(Agencies)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his team of senior officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) are formulating an “effective policy” for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. Highly-placed sources in the Home Ministry said that Amit Shah had chaired several meetings with the key officials of MHA’s Kashmir division in this connection, during the past one month.
Besides, tackling external and home- grown militancy with a pro-active strategy in Jammu and Kashmir, Shah intends to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits, numbering around three lakh who left the Kashmir in 1990.
Sources said the Centre is contemplating to build secured residential areas for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. The plan would be more impressive than the one earlier proposed by the Jammu and Kashmir government in 2015. Apart from the resettlement plan, the Home Minister is also focusing on welfare schemes, specially meant for widows, militancy victims, handicapped and senior citizens residing in the state
On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik had hinted that the government was in the process of devising an important policy for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. The Governor was hopeful that if all went well, the policy would be announced soon.

Sources said that after the conclusion of AmarnathYatra, next month, the government might come out with its policy, marking a paradigm shift in rehabilitation plan for Kashmiri Pandits, awaiting a concrete policy for their resettlement since past three decades.
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