Chib visits indefinite dharna by PoK Displaced Persons

Former Minister R S Chib displaying copy of memorandum by PoK Displaced Persons during indefinite dharna on Wednesday.
Former Minister R S Chib displaying copy of memorandum by PoK Displaced Persons during indefinite dharna on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 2: As the ongoing indefinite chain dharna by PoK Displaced Persons under the banner of SOS International entered into 7th consecutive day, former Minister and senior Congress leader R S Chib today visited the protesting DPs and extended his party’s support to their demands.
Rajiv Chuni, Chairman of SOS International, presented a memorandum of demands to Chib, who termed all the demands of PoK DPs as genuine and stressed that the same should be conceded by the present Government.
The indefinite chain dharna is being held over the main six demands viz. implementation of the whole package passed by State Cabinet in October 2014 for PoK Displaced Persons, provide facilities to all displaced at par with Valley Migrants, reservation of 8 seats for people displaced from PoK in J&K Legislative Assembly, permit PoK DPs to visit to their religious places in PoK, inclusion of 5, 300 PoK DPs families living outside the State in the ambit of package passed in October 2014 and return of cash deposits with interest to PoK DPs lying with J&K Bank Mirpur.
Today’s chain dharna was led by Charan Singh, accompanied by Swaran Singh, Gouri Shankar, Chuni Lal, Darshan Lal and Chuni Lal Badyal.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Swaran Singh said that PoK DPs are sitting on dharna for their rights in such biting cold and many of them are suffering with serious ailments s but the incumbent was not responsive till today. “Before elections BJP made various claims of resolving our issues but after elections, saffron party never talked about the same but on the contrary, it has left no stone unturned to demolish package and our demands,” he alleged and added that demands of PoK DPs would have been fulfilled if BJP had intentions for the same.
“The incumbent Government needs to address the problems pertaining to us otherwise; it must get ready to face the heat of PoK DPs’ anguish in coming Parliamentary and State Assembly polls”, he warned adding that the indefinite dharna can be converted into fast unto death if the Government does not concede their demands.

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