SAMBA, Sept 4: BJP Pradesh vice president and former Minister, Surjeet Singh Slathia today said the long spell of discrimination and deprivation of the West Pakistan Refugees in Jammu and Kashmir got closure with the Centre under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi taking path breaking initiatives of releasing Rs five lakh financial assistance per family besides issuing domicile certificates by the Union Territory administration.
“Having suffered for decades the West Pakistan refugees are now the proud and integral part of J&K’s socio-political structure”, Slathia said while expressing his gratitude to the people felicitating him on being appointed as the Prabhari of the BJP’s Legal, Human Rights and Refugee Cell at Vijaypur near here.
Slathia recalled the trauma and helplessness of the West Pakistan refugees whose repeated pleas were contemptuously ignored by the successive Governments both at the Centre and the then State. He also referred to the difficulties being faced by the young students who were unable to get admissions in the colleges and other professional institutions. It is because of the visionary Prime Minister that their issues have got addressed and dignity restored, he said, adding that the BJP is committed to solve the problems of every segment of the society including the refugees.
Slathia said that a strong and vibrant BJP is answer to the problems faced to the country in general and J&K in particular. He hoped that the rank and file of the party will further intensify their public outreach programme so that the issues confronted to people are identified and taken up at appropriate forums for speedy redressal.
Slathia was greeted by the people on his new assignment in the BJP, hoping that he will serve as a bridge between the party and the designated segments of the society.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Chairman, Block Development Council Ramgarh, Darshan Singh, general secretary Border Kissan Union, Prem Pal Choudhry, Sarpanch Roop Chand, Jasbir Singh, youth president OBC Samba, Harvinder Singh, Ex Sarpanch, Tejinder Singh and Om Prakash Choudhry.