June 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India
Eviction of illegal occupants begins
Srinagar, June 15
An official spokesman said here that there were about 2238 migrant houses in Kupwara, Srinagar, Pulwama, Anantnag and Badgam districts. These had either been occupied by the security forces or illegally by other people.
He said the list of the houses had been prominently displayed at the office of the Resident Commissioner, New Delhi, and Relief Commissioner (Migrant), Jammu, for the information of the house owners.
He said the Deputy Commissioners concerned had been asked to take immediate steps for the eviction of the illegal occupants from migrant property in their respective districts.
They had also been directed to finalise the rent cases of all such houses which were under the occupation of the forces within two months so that rent was paid to the owners without any further delay.
The spokesman said the revenue authorities were preparing an inventory of the property left by the migrants in Kashmir as it stood in 1989.
He said an ex gratia relief of Rs 24.4 crore had been disbursed among 3,631 claimants whose property had got gutted and damaged due to militancy in the valley till March this year.
Other issues of the migrants, including house rent allowance and city compensatory allowance, had been submitted to the Central Government for its approval, the spokesman added.
About 106 migrant youths had been provided employment in the Police Department and steps were afoot to provide loan assistance to those who wished to establish their business in migrant camps.
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