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New Delhi: The union cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to provide state government job opportunities and transit accommodation in the Kashmir Valley for thousands of Kashmiri migrants forced to flee their homes in the early 1990s.

The proposal is estimated to cost Rs 2,000 crore, an official statement said.

The cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved a proposal to provide relief to the migrants of the hilly areas of Jammu division at par with the relief being provided to the Kashmiri migrants — worth Rs.13.45 crore — annually

Terrorist violence, militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in its early phases, had led to large scale forced migration of members of the Kashmiri Pandit community along with some Sikh and Muslim families from the Kashmir Valley,

At present, there are about 62,000 registered migrant Kashmiri families residing in Jammu, Delhi and neighbouring areas as well as other parts of the country, it said.

The new proposal provides for additional 3,000 state government jobs to the Kashmiri migrants with financial assistance from the central government and construction of transit accommodations in the Kashmir Valley for the Kashmiri migrants to whom state government jobs are given.

The statement said the central government would carry the financial burden for the whole programme.

In another decision, the cabinet approved a proposal for providing relief to the migrants of the hilly areas of Jammu division at par with the relief being provided to the Kashmiri migrants involving a total estimated expenditure of Rs 13.45 crore per annum

 

Besides the families who migrated from the valley, many families migrated from different hilly areas of Jammu division to safer places of nearby towns due to security reasons. At present, there are about 1,054 registered Jammu migrant families,

At present, the Jammu and Kashmir government was providing cash relief of Rs 400 per head per month (maximum Rs 1,600 per family per month), cash assistance of Rs 300 per cattle per month for purchase of fodder, plus dry ration (9 kg atta, 2 kg rice per person per month and 10 liter kerosene per family per month) to the migrants of the hilly areas of Jammu division.

The new proposal would enhance the relief being provided to the migrants of the hilly areas of Jammu division at par with the Kashmiri migrants i.e. a cash relief of Rs 2,500 per head per month (maximum Rs 10,000 per family per month) plus relief for ration and fodder.

The expenditure incurred by the state government in this regard would now be reimbursed by the central government.

Earlier in 2008, a package of Rs 1,618.40 crore was announced to facilitate the return of the migrants to the Kashmir Valley.

Under this package, 3,000 state government jobs were to be provided to the Kashmiri migrant with central funding, of whom 1,963 jobs have already been provided and process for remaining is underway.

A total of 469 transit accommodations have been constructed in the Kashmir valley which have been allotted to the newly appointed migrant employees on sharing basis.

 (Inputs from IANS)

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Apple Provides Customers’ Personal Data on Indian Government Requests

"Apple is committed to your privacy and being transparent about government requests for customer data globally. This report provides information on government requests received," said the company

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Apple lowers Q1 revenue guidance on slow iPhone sales.

The Indian government has asked Apple to provide information for 27 devices and 18 accounts in the January-June 2018 period, with the company providing data in most of the cases owing to an iTunes Gift Card fraud investigation.

The number of government requests — in various formats such as subpoenas, court orders, warrants or other valid legal requests — also included 34 financial identifiers and three emergency requests, Apple said in its Transparency report released late Monday.

For device requests, Apple provided data to the Indian government in 63 per cent of cases and 85 per cent in the cases related to financial identifiers.

“The high number of financial identifiers were specified in requests predominantly due to an iTunes Gift Card fraud investigation,” said Apple.

“One request may contain one or multiple identifiers. We count the number of identifiers identified in each request and report the total number of identifiers by type (Device, Financial Identifier, Account),” the company added.

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For account requests, Apple provided data in 78 per cent of cases and for all the three emergency requests.

Keeping with global trends, Apple has launched a new transparency report website which makes it easier to see data requests from various governments.

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Globally, the company received 32,342 demands from governments to access 1,63,823 devices, with 80 per cent of the requests granted.

In total, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker approved more than 25,000 government requests to access customer data in the first half of 2018 – an almost nine per cent rise in demands in the July-December 2017 period.

“Apple is committed to your privacy and being transparent about government requests for customer data globally. This report provides information on government requests received,” said the company. (IANS)