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All states should make uniform financial assistance policy for displaced Kashmiri Pandits: Deependra Hooda

New Delhi, March 30 (Agency)

A Congress member raised the issue of displaced Kashmiri Pandits from Jammu and Kashmir in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and called upon all states to formulate a uniform financial assistance policy for them. Raising this issue during Zero Hour, Deepender Singh Hooda of Congress said that Kashmiri Pandits had to bear the pain of migration to their own country. He said that after Jammu, the maximum number of Kashmiri Pandits are settled in the National Capital Territory of Delhi and Haryana.

He said that the erstwhile Bhupinder Singh Hooda government of Haryana gave financial assistance of Rs 5,000 per month to these Kashmiri Pandits from 2005 to 2015, but now this help has stopped. He said that financial assistance of Rs 3,000 per month is being given to Kashmiri Pandits settled in Delhi. Hooda demanded from the government that equal financial assistance should be given to Kashmiri Pandits settled in different states and the amount being given as help should be doubled. He also said that the government should try hard to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits by developing satellite cities in the Kashmir Valley.

Raising the issue of sinking of a “ship” in Jharkhand’s Sahibganj district during Zero Hour itself, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Deepak Prakash said that about 50 people lost their lives in this incident. He said that ships are not allowed in the river Ganga in Sahibganj during the night but people involved in illegal mining activities operate ships at night and smuggle. Prakash alleged that after doing illegal mining, minerals are smuggled into Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh. He demanded that the central government should get it probed by the CBI and appropriate compensation should be given to the kin of those who lost their lives in the sinking of the “ship”.

Surendra Singh Nagar of BJP raised the issue of local trains running from Delhi to parts of Uttar Pradesh. He said that during the Covid period, the Ministry of Railways had stopped the operation of these EMU passenger trains, but now the situation has become normal, so they should be restored. He said that every day many businessmen, students and employed people commute between Delhi to Aligarh, Khurja and Gautam Budh Nagar and they are facing a lot of problems due to the closure of EMU. Nagar demanded from the government to restore the operation of EMU trains immediately. Congress’s L Hanumanthaiah and Trinamool Congress’s Mausam Noor raised the issue of air pollution in Delhi and other metros of the country and expressed concern over the current situation and suggested corrective steps.

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