Apex Committee, AIKS asks Centre to enhance relief

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 30: The members of Apex Advisory Committee on Kashmiri Migrants held a meeting at Relief organization today in which the Union Government was urged to take an immediate decision on State  Government’s proposal regarding enhancement of cash relief to displaced people who are on strike for a month now.
The Apex Advisory Committee members including MLC Vijay Bakaya, H N Jatu, H L Chatta, Roshan Lal Raina, R K Raina, M K Yogi, M L Munshi. The meeting while expressing concern over the plight of relief holders who are totally dependent on cash doles being given by the Government said their condition is really miserable as they have no source of earning except the relief and are not in a position to make their both ends meet in view of sky rocketing prices of essential commodities.
The meeting decided to depute a team of prominent members to Delhi and take up the issue with Union Government and make an appeal to it to consider the proposal of State Government at an earliest.
Meanwhile the All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) president Moti Kaul has criticized the Government for keeping the enhancement of cash relief at back burner despite the repeated assurances given by Government from time to time.
Mr Kaul in a statement said the agitation launched by the relief holders is not a political struggle but a case of survival. The relief holders with no source of income and having lost all their movable and immovable property are struggling for their survival and it is unfortunate that those at helm of affairs have adopted a rigid stance in settling the issue.
The criminal silence of the Government towards relief  holders  is inhuman, Kaul said, adding that how a person can feed four members of a family on a meager cash assistance when the prices of essential commodities have touched the sky. He has made an appeal to Union Government to settle the issue immediately.

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