In a significant development benefiting Kashmiri migrant families residing in the national capital, the Lieutenant Governor (LG), VK Saxena, has granted approval for a substantial increase in the Adhoc Monthly Relief (AMR) provided to these families. The monthly relief amount will see a substantial boost, going from the existing Rs 10,000 to a significantly higher Rs 27,000.
This remarkable enhancement of 170%, which is nearly 2.7 times the previous amount, marks the first such increase in 16 years. The last update occurred in 2007 when the AMR was raised from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per month. Remarkably, back in 1995, the GNCTD had initially fixed the AMR at a mere Rs 5,000/month.
One crucial requirement for eligible family members to receive this relief is mandatory Aadhaar seeding of their data. Furthermore, the relief payments to the migrants will be exclusively processed through the Aadhaar Payment Bridge System/PFMS.
The Adhoc Monthly Relief (AMR) is part of the ‘Security Related Expenditure (Relief & Rehabilitation)’ initiative introduced by the Central Government in 1989-90. This program aims to provide support for the relief and rehabilitation of those who were displaced from the Kashmir Valley during militancy.
Presently, roughly 2,000 families in the National Capital receive AMR at a rate of Rs 3,250 per person per month, with a maximum cap of four individuals per family. Of this total amount, Rs 1,000 is contributed by the GNCTD, while the Government of India provides the remaining Rs 2,250, which is reimbursed by the MHA.
In another good news for Kashmiri Hindus, Navratri Puja of Sharad Navratri was held in the newly built Sharda Temple at LoC Teetwal Kashmir today. Many devotees from all over the country took part in the celebrations that were held for the first time here in the last 75 years after partition. Swami Govindananda Saraswati of Hampi reached here with his followers on a rath yatra from Kishkinda, the birthplace of Lord Hanuman in Karnataka.