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No headway in giving face lift to ORTs at Purkhoo, migrants continue to suffer
5/19/2017 11:32:26 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, May 19: With Government's return formula for Kashmiri migrants getting a setback due to prevailing unrest in Valley for last over one year, no sincere efforts have either been made for construction of more quarters in Old Purkhoo Camp by giving a face lift to old TRTs as was announced by the authorities earlier.
The State Government with the financial assistance of Central Government had decided to give a face lift to old ORTs at Purkhoo by joining two quarters together and converting them into TRTs for adjustment of hundreds of migrant families putting up in rented accommodation or defunct ORTs in Purkhoo.
Scores of migrant families are leading a miserable life as they are still putting up in damaged ORTs in Purkhoo which have no power facilities. The authorities over two years back had made a public announcement of accommodating the migrants putting up in these damaged quarters and also in rented accommodation in the Purkhoo Camp after giving a face lift to old Purkhoo quarters.
The matter was also discussed by the State Government with Union Home Ministry two years back and in turn they have given their consent to the project also but it is not known that why the project was shelved later.
Sources said one of the reasons of putting the project in cold storage was that the Government had decided to take migrants back in Valley and settle them in separate colonies there. But this project got a major setback after the situation deteriorated in Valley where mob violence and stone pelting incidents are on peak.
Expressing grave concern over plight of the migrant families putting up in stinking and damaged camps at Purkhoo various migrant organisations have expressed their grave concern over the failure of Government in constructing TRTs for them as decided earlier.
In an appeal to the Government they demanded that the Government should take immediate steps for proper rehabilitation of these migrant families.
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