Only 15% do the job on transit accommodation for Kashmiri Pandits entire: Home panel

A parliamentary standing committee has expressed dissatisfaction at the speed of development of transit accommodation for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, noting that only 15% of the operate has been finished until date.

“…in complete, around 2,200 Transit Lodging Models will be readily available for Kashmir migrants in the near long run. Having said that, it is noticed that the method of design of far more than 50% units is still at nascent phase. The committee feels that the system of building of transit lodging models wants to be expedited and it really should be routinely monitored,” the report of the Section-Associated Parliamentary Standing Committee on Dwelling Affairs has noted, inquiring the Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) to repair a time-frame for completion of the challenge.

The committee, headed by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma, tabled its report in Parliament on Friday.

The Centre had, in 2015, introduced design of 6,000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri Pandit migrants for their return to the Valley. Nevertheless, the rate of development has been gradual.

The MHA informed the committee that 849 units experienced been built whilst 176 units ended up near completion. “Construction of 1,200 units is below execution. Tenders have been floated/ perform is going on for 288 Units. Land has been identified/ DPRs have been vetted/ DPRs are beneath preparation for 3,487 models,” it said.

The committee’s report also expressed worry in excess of the Srinagar Worldwide Airport not running intercontinental flights to which MHA explained it was so for the reason that of commercial viability issues.

“The committee endorses that some form of facilitation/incentives like granting subsidy in gasoline price, and many others. could be available to the airways to make international functions monetarily viable for them…,” the report stated.

It also flagged the higher variety of vacancies in the Nationwide Investigation Agency (NIA) and questioned MHA to fill them by resolving administrative problems.“The committee notes that 386 posts are vacant in NIA which is 30.22% of the sanctioned toughness. The committee also notes that to fill the vacant posts in NIA, Main Secretaries of the states have been approached to nominate police staff with working experience of operating in ATS/STF. The committee, even so, is deeply worried to take note that one particular of the motives for existing vacancies in NIA is on account of CAPF personnel not being eligible to use for posts in NIA due to inside regulation of quota. The committee recommends that bottlenecks may perhaps be sorted out and a conclusion on repairing quota from CAPFs in NIA be taken up at the earliest,” the report claimed.

The committee expressed dissatisfaction at MHA’s reply on its suggestion to grant 30 days’ informal leave to CAPF personnel on par with the defence forces. CAPF personnel are at existing entitled to only 15 days’ depart.

“The committee is not content with the program reply that the coverage will be reviewed as per need in foreseeable future. The committee has now delineated the want to overview the selection of leaves supplied to the CAPFs staff. The committee strongly believes that CAPF personnel underneath the Officers Rank must be provided leaves at par with the Army personnel,” the report reported.

The committee was of the check out that CAPF satisfy practically equal operational problems, hardships and carry equivalent strain stage as the defence forces.