Modi vows to work for welfare of KPs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday pledged to work for the welfare of migrant Kashmiri Pandits, refugees from West Pakistan and kin of those killed in militant violence, saying the days of their neglect are over.
“See the condition of Jammu and Kashmir where 20 per cent of the population is displaced. We want to settle these displaced people and give them opportunity of their livelihood,” he said while inaugurating the 44 MW Chutak hydro-power project here.
The Prime Minister said his government was committed to ensure that this 20 per cent population contributes in changing the destiny of the state.
“Over two lakh displaced are refugees from West Pakistan, over 4 lakh are Kashmiri Pandits and over eight to ten lakh are those who lost their families in militant attacks. These are also our brothers and sisters and we have to think about them,” he said.
He said the governments in the past have shown apathy towards ensuring that these 20 lakh displaced people live a life of dignity and self-respect.
“Now those days have gone. Whatever kind of displaced people are there from Jammu and Kashmir, they are our brothers and sisters and our family. Their joys and sorrows are ours. Their development is our determination and we will move forward on this through a number of schemes,” he said.
“We will do whatever it takes to do it and we are determined for that,” he said.
“Government is committed to rehabilitating the displaced population of J&K in a planned way,” added Modi.

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