The Jammu and Kashmir government has identified 100 acres of land at eight places in the valley for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits who migrated from the state in the early 1990s following outbreak of militancy.
These pockets, where Kashmiri Pandits are likely to be rehabilitated, will be spread across all 10 districts of the valley, officials in the Union Home Ministry said on Monday.
The NDA government, after assuming office in 2014, had earmarked Rs 500 crore for rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits who had migrated from the valley since January 19, 1990 following the rise in militancy.
Taking up the issue of their rehabilitation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had written to the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to identify land for resettling them.
The Union Home Minister had suggested that land may be identified near their native places also keeping in mind the security aspect.
However, the Abdullah government had cited the model code of conduct for elections, which was in existence at that time, as the reason for not taking up the task immediately but told the Centre that the idea was fraught with a danger as they could become easy targets for militants.
The Centre has also asked the state government to fill vacancies earmarked for Kashmiri Pandits.