NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday announced fresh measures to be taken by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to restore normalcy and peace in the state. 

Singh said the Ministry of Home Affairs has given its approval to the state government to use an amnesty scheme that it announced on Novvember 23 last year to give relief to 3,685 students and youth who were apprehended for participating in incidents of stone pelting against security forces. 

He said this humanitarian step is aimed at giving students and youth another chance to rebuild their lives and careers without

being under any kind of stress of being declared criminals. 

The state government, the minister further said, has been advised to appoint a high-level committee to review the remaining cases of stone pelting. This committee would be headed by a senior police officer. 

"The MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) is of the view that stone pelting cases of a non-grievous nature against the students/youth should be closed/withdrawn so that they get a chance to focus on their studies and pursue their careers without any psychological pressure," a statement issued from his office said. 

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