Just 15% work on transit camps for KPs complete: Parliamentary Panel

Just 15% work on transit camps for KPs complete: Parliamentary Panel
Transit accommodation for Kashmiri Pandits in south Kashmir's Pulwama [Image for representational purpose only]File/ GK

Srinagar: A parliamentary standing committee has expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that only 15 percent of construction work of transit accommodation for Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir had been completed.

“In total, around 2220 transit accommodation units will be available for Kashmir migrants shortly. However, it is observed that the process of construction of more than 50 percent of units is still at a nascent stage. The committee feels that the process of construction of transit accommodation units needs to be expedited and it should be regularly monitored,” the report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has noted, asking the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to fix a time frame for completion of the project.

The committee, headed by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma tabled its report in the parliament on Friday.

The Center had in 2015 announced the construction of 6000 transit accommodations for displaced Kashmiri Pandits for their return to Kashmir.

However, the pace of construction has been slow.

The MHA told the committee that 849 units had been constructed while 176 units were near completion.

“Construction of 1200 units is under execution. Tenders have been floated and work is going on for 288 units. The land has been identified and DPRs have been vetted and DPRs are under preparation for 3487 units,” it said.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha during a review meeting directed officials to take proactive steps to facilitate the return of the Kashmiri Pandit community that was forced to flee their homes and were now settled in various parts of the country.

Directing for preponing the targeted timeframe for completion of the ongoing construction works, the LG set November this year as the new timeline for the completion of transit accommodations at Ganderbal.

Directions were also passed for the completion of construction work at Shopian by March 2022 and at Baramulla and Bandipora by November 2022.

Timelines need to be adhered to for the completion of construction work of transit accommodations. “Any official found responsible for delays should be taken to task,” the Lt Governor said. “Tenders for the upcoming works should be prepared in consultation with stakeholders for smooth and early execution of works.”

The LG asked the officials to double efforts to ensure that the benefits under various components were being extended to all eligible beneficiaries, especially those being left out from the ambit of the welfare measures.

“At the same, it should be ensured that no ineligible person is entitled to any of the benefits which is the rightful claim of someone else,” he said.

The LG also passed clear-cut directions for identifying unauthorised allocation of accommodations and taking strict measures to vacate them.

Instructions were passed to the senior officials for taking a periodic review of the progress made under ongoing projects, besides putting dedicated efforts through comprehensive measures to remove bottlenecks, if any.

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