Ground Report | New Delhi: How many Kashmiri Pandits; The Jammu and Kashmir administration has extended the scheme of domicile certificates for ex-residents, who or their ancestors migrated out of Jammu, and Kashmir declared on May 16, 2020, within one year the deadline to apply till May 15 is extended. , 2022.
The Office of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner decided to organize special camps to accept applications at places where at least 50 such families are residing. One such camp was organized in Delhi about a fortnight back.
“No further extension will be given after May 2022”, said an order from the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Government of Jammu and Kashmir. Recently, a similar camp was organized in Delhi.
At the time of insurgency in the late 1980s, there was a large-scale exodus of the Kashmiri Pandit community, apart from the Sikhs, in Jammu and Kashmir. The administration hoped that they would take advantage of the domicile certificate, which would make it easier for them to get jobs and education opportunities along with owning land in the union territory.
Officials said around 25,000 unregistered Kashmiri Pandit families are estimated to have settled in Delhi before 1989. Out of this, only 3,000 came to collect the application form, out of which 806 were registered. Certificates were issued to these people on the spot.
According to a report of The Indian Express, Relief Commissioner (Migrants), Ashok Pandita said that the applications of the remaining 2,200 families are being brought to Jammu for further action.
According to official estimates, there are about 45,000 Kashmiri Pandit families registered with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Overseas) who have left the Valley since the start of the militancy (and are therefore already permanent residents of the union territory). Similarly, 41,119 Hindu and Sikh families are believed to have migrated from Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir areas in 1947. Out of them, 31,619 people are registered with the Provincial Rehabilitation Officer. Of these, 26,319 families are already counted as permanent residents of J&K.
The problem becomes more complicated when it comes to those who have migrated from the areas of Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) now occupied by Pakistan. The online option searches for their native place of residence and for most of them, these are districts of Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Bhimber, Kotli, Rawalkot etc. (How many Kashmiri Pandits)
“When we try to register them online, our computers do not accept their original names. places,” Relief Commissioner Pandita said, adding that it was not just a software issue that they could fix from their end. We have taken up the matter with the Home Department.