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Give citizenship rights to West Pak refugees: Manjit

Give citizenship rights to West Pak refugees: Manjit

Excelsior Correspondent
VIJAYPUR, Jan 4: Former minister and PCC general secretary Manjit Singh today appealed to the Government to issue notification of compensation maintaining all details whether they are intending increase compensation amount to Rs 30 lakhs for Displaced Persons (DPs).
Addressing public meeting here today, Singh said about one year back the decision was taken regarding compensation. The Government should issue notification maintaining clearly that Rs 30 lakh is final compensation to the DPs or only Rs 5.5 lakh is the full and final payment, Singh said.
Congress leader further said that the intention of the Government has been exposed as they forced people to file affidavit assuring that DPs will not claim further compensation expect Rs 5.5 lakhs. He demanded that the compensation to the DPs should be given as per the recommendations of Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Singh supported the West Pak refugees for the rights to citizenship in the J&K state where are living since last six decades. “The BJP-PDP Coalition Government has surrendered before the separatists and Pakistani supporters on the issue of granting citizenship right to the WPR,” Singh said, while quoting the agenda of alliance in which they have supported the refugees for their genuine rights.
The coalition has back stabbed the refugees by not implementing what they were assured during election campaigns. “These refugees were used in Parliamentary elections by the Modi Government as voters and then, were abandoned. Saffron Party  never support the refugees factually which has been exposed,” he alleged.
He suggested that it should not be made a communal issue as it would not change any demography. They are already living in Jammu and Kashmir like other citizens since 1947 but they are not given citizenship rights.
The Government should consider them a humanitarian issue and grant them State Subjects. Their three generations have grown up here but yet they have no right on the property they are holding for the last six decades. He appealed to all the political parties to work unitedly for the rights of refugees who have suffered the trauma since decades.


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