Jammu and Kashmir govt asked to identify land for rehabilitating migrants: Govt

By: | Published: July 27, 2016 6:59 PM

Jammu and Kashmir government has been requested to identify suitable land in the Kashmir Valley where the migrants could be rehabilitated, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

 Jammu and Kashmir government has been requested to identify suitable land in the Kashmir Valley where the migrants could be rehabilitated, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. (Reuters)Jammu and Kashmir government has been requested to identify suitable land in the Kashmir Valley where the migrants could be rehabilitated, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. (Reuters)

Jammu and Kashmir government has been requested to identify suitable land in the Kashmir Valley where the migrants could be rehabilitated, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir while replying to a written question by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who had asked about the status of government’s plan for setting up a ‘composite township’ for displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants.

There are 62,000 registered Kashmiri migrants who had to leave the Valley due to militancy in early 1990s. Of these, 40,000 families are in Jammu, 20,000 in Delhi and remaining 2,000 in rest of the country.

“The state government of Jammu and Kashmir has been requested to identify suitable land in Kashmir, where the Kashmiri migrants could be rehabilitated,” the minister said in his reply.

He said a variety of measures have been taken over the years by the government which includes providing two-room tenements at four places in Jammu and 2,000 flats at Sheikhpora in Budgam district in Kashmir as part of the 2004 Prime Minister’s package.

He said as part of a comprehensive package in 2008, 3,000 jobs in the state were to be provided, besides announcing a financial assistance for construction of houses in the Kashmir Valley and building transit accommodation.

“The package is being implemented by the state government and so far 1,719 jobs have been provided to Kashmiri migrants besides construction of 505 transit accommodation,” he said.

Ahir said another package was announced in November 2015, under which another 3,000 jobs were approved besides construction of 6,000 transit accommodation in the Kashmir Valley. Sources said that in case any of the companies decides to avail the tax settlement scheme, it needs to provide a proof of withdrawal of “any proceeding for arbitration, conciliation or mediation or any notice thereof under any law for the time being in force or under any agreement entered into by India with any other country or territory outside India whether for protection of investment or otherwise”.

The company will also have to furnish an undertaking waiving its right to seek or pursue any remedy or any claim in relation to the specified tax which may otherwise be available to it under any law or under an agreement with any country.

A firm availing of the offer would have to pay the principal tax amount within 30 days of the designated authority determining the amount payable by the declarant.

Also any amount paid in pursuance of a declaration shall not be refundable under any circumstances.

Announcing the one-time scheme of Dispute Resolution for companies which are facing tax demand for retrospective amendment to I-T Act, Jaitley had in his Budget speech said: “They can settle the case by paying only the tax arrears, in which case liability of the interest and penalty shall be waived.”

Sources said the government was of the view that the arbitrations are not just time consuming but were also costing the government a lot besides getting India a bad name. The settlement scheme was proposed to put an end to all of that.

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