DPs from PoJK take out protest rally

Tehsildar and others distributing claim forms among PoK DPs at rally site near Press Club in Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Tehsildar and others distributing claim forms among PoK DPs at rally site near Press Club in Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 22: The displaced persons from Pak occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) today staged protest demonstration, demanding disbursement of  relief amount as announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi without any more delay and simplification of the procedure being adopted by the Government for the same.
The displaced persons from PoJK under the banner of PoJK Refugees Front-1947, 65, 71  assembled near Shakti Nagar Puli (Ranbir Canal) here at 11 AM and then started protest rally towards Exhibition Ground near Press Club. They were demanding justice for  displaced persons from PoJK and other categories as well.
The members of displaced community led by its president Capt (Retd) Yudhvir Singh were shouting slogans in support of their demands. They were also carrying banners and placards in their hands.  After passing through Canal Road and Jewel Chowk, they reached Press Club where they held strong protest demonstration.
They demanded that process of distribution of Rs 2000 crore package announced by Prime Minister be started without any more delay. They claimed that this amount should not be treated as full and final package as many other components of the package  have been ignored.
The displaced persons including women activists strongly demanded that Govt should provide them justice. They were also  protesting  against the PRO for his allegedly shady role  in previous package during 2000 and ignoring many deserving families.  They said there was no clarity in PM’s package and all type of displaced persons were still confused.   They also demanded enhancement in package announced.
Singh while addressing the protesting DPs said State Govt issued notification during March this year through DC Jammu, inviting documents to be submitted along with application form for all categories of DPs for claims. But the process was going on at very slow pace. He demanded  inclusion of  5300 left out families in the list, ownership rights to DPs of 1947, issuance of ALC certificate to DPs and  reservation to their wards in Govt jobs and professional colleges. He demanded Rs 30 lakh compensation for each DP family as recommended by previous Govt and also JPC.
Later, Tehsildar Jammu along with staff arrived there at the rally site, Exhibition ground and distributed  claim forms among the displaced families.