Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, April 26: The Jammu and Kashmir’s government’s plan to provide shelter to homeless gave another hint to Hardliners Hurriyat calling it an “attempt to change the demography” of the Muslim majority state.
Ayaz Akbar, the spokesman of Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat, said with the help of PDP-BJP government, Indian think-tanks are trying to convert the Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir into a Hindu majority
Last week, the state government provided two shelters for homeless in Jammu and Kupwara districts of the state in the first phase under the government of India’s National Urban Livelihoods Mission. The project is likely to be extended to Anantnag, Reasi, Kathua, Samba and Budgam districts as well.
According to officials, the two shelters will provide shelter to people living either on the roadside or under flyovers, and will be provided with accommodation free of cost and food at subsidised rates as per the guidelines of scheme.
However, the executive council of Hurriyat said that it was done to change the Muslim-majority status of the state.
The state government constituted a six-member selection committee last week for the finalisation of this project with secretary to the Housing & Urban Development Department as its chairman.
According to officials, an estimated 6,00,000 non-locals visit the state every year, most of whom them work in real estate and agriculture sectors.