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9 properties restored to Kashmiri Pandits since abrogation of Article 370: Govt

Last Updated on August 13, 2021 at 1:32 pm

The Union home ministry has told the Rajya Sabha that since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, nine properties in Jammu & Kashmir have been restored to Kashmiri Hindus who had to run away from the Valley because of terrorist violence in the early 1990s.

Responding to a question, Union Minister of state for home affairs, Nityanand Rai, said in Rajya Sabha that regarding restoration of properties to its rightful and original owner, nine properties have been restored.

The minister said that after the abrogation of Article 370, 520 Kashmiri migrants returned to the Kashmir to take up jobs under the Prime Minister’s Development Package which was announced in 2015.

Nityanand Rai said that under the J&K Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint on Distress Sales) Act, 1997, district magistrates (DMs) are the legal custodians of the immovable properties of the migrants, who take suo moto action on eviction proceedings in cases of encroachment, while the migrants can also request DMs in such cases.