At a time when the Jammu and Kashmir government has initiated the process of giving amnesty to stone-pelters in the Valley, Republic TV has exclusively learnt that the Union Home Ministry has rejected plans to set up composite townships in the state for the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community.
Republic TV has accessed the Union Home Ministry's reply to an RTI seeking details of measures taken for the relief and rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the country.
In the reply, the Ministry states: "The Ministry does not have any plan to set up composite townships for displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants".
The disclosure comes as a massive blow to Kashmiri Pandits because as recently as February 2017, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said the following about Kashmiri Pandits demanding the implementation of the 1991 Margdarshan resolution which allows carving out of a homeland for seven lakh members of the community with union territory status in Kashmir:
"Whether colonies would be made or clusters or a homeland, whatever will be made (in Kashmir valley for rehabilitation of KPs), Modi government will have no objection. Union Home Ministry will have no objection. But please tell me what is to be set up"
Aside from this, a number packages and promises from over the years have failed to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits since insurgency and unrest in the early 90s forced them to flee.