182 Kashmiri Pandit families received land in Haryana after waiting for three decades

The three-decade wait for Kashmiri Pandit families, who bought land in Haryanas Jhajjar between 1991 and 1993, ended on Thursday when the prime minister announced the “Vachanpurti” program to allocate land to 182 families, according to a government statement.

Manohar Lal Khattar made the announcement during a program held here on Thursday, physically delivering the land allocation letters in Sector 2, Bahadurgarh to some of the 182 families specially invited to the program, the statement said state government.

The rest of the families received the letters from state ministers and officials who virtually participated in the program, it said.

A total of 209 families had bought land in Sector 2, Bahadurgarh some three decades ago but have not been able to occupy it until now.

“Today is a historic day in the history of Haryana as the families of Kashmiri pandits who bought land in 1991 and 1993 finally have an end to their wait.

“In those 30 years, they must have lost even hope of getting their land that was sold to them without even disclosing its disputed status,” Khattar said, according to the statement.

After changes were made in 1997, some of the land was released in favor of the Kashmiri Pandits, but those who didn’t get the land at the time had to wait nearly three decades, he said.

“On April 6, 2022, after the parcels recorded at that time had been checked and the necessary measurement taken, the allocation procedure was already carried out by drawing lots and today the letters to 182 families were distributed to them.

“Apart from that number, some of the families already have their plots. Thus, throughout this process, the promises made to these 209 families have been fulfilled,” he added.

Khattar said ‘Vachanpurti Mission’, which translates to ‘mission to fulfill a promise’, is an appropriate response to claims by the opposition that the current provincial government has the financial help of Rs 5,000 a month for the Kashmiri pundit set families.

“I would like to clarify that the program of giving these families Rs 5,000 a month in financial support was not initiated by us, it was Congress that formulated these rules that each family should receive the said amount for a period of five years would receive .

“According to our official data, out of a total of five of these families, only one family is currently receiving this assistance because it has not yet met the five-year rule, while the rest have met their five-year norm,” he said.

The Prime Minister claimed that the opposition is now making unsubstantiated statements as they cannot stomach the success of the film The Kashmir Files, based on the exodus of the Kashmir pandits from the valley.

The beneficiaries thanked Khattar for allocating the land they bought with their hard-earned money nearly 30 years ago after being forced to vacate their homes in Kashmir overnight as militancy began in the valley.

“In 1991-92 we came to Bahadurgarh. After coming here, we bought a small piece of land hoping to resume our scattered lives, but it took us nearly three decades to take ownership. We cannot express our happiness and gratitude to the prime minister through whom we got our country back,” said one of the beneficiaries, according to the statement.

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Jaclyn Diaz

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