Govt keen to solve DPs issues: Bhalla

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 18: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla today said that the Government has submitted a proposal of Rs. 1775 crore to Central Government to facilitate one time settlement of 1947, 1965 and 1971 displaced persons (refugees).
This was stated by the Minister, while interacting with a deputation of Chhamb displaced persons of 1965, here today.
Mr. Bhalla said that the Government has already regularized 16-camp and non-camp basties of Samba district, adding that left out would be regularized soon after reconciliation of revenue documents. He informed that most of colonies of refugees are also being regularized under 254-C Revenue Act at Kathua and Jammu, adding that the areas would be developed on modern lines by providing all basic amenities like safe drinking water, road connectivity, electricity, health, education besides better lanes and drains at par with urban pockets.
The Minister said for improving the socio-economic condition of the DPs, the Centre Government has approved Rs 49 crore package for distribution among them as land deficiency compensation, adding that out of which Rs 32 crore has already been distributed by arranging public darbars in their respective basties.
For facilitating the displaced families, Mr. Bhalla said the Government has enhanced compensation from Rs. 25000 to Rs. 1.50 lakh. He asked the left out families to approach the revenue officers for land deficiency compensation.
The President Chhamb Displaced Persons Association, Ch. Partap Singh, apprised the Minister that out of 8100 families who were displaced during 1965 Indo Pak War, 3500 families were resettled in two districts of Jammu and Kathua in 27 basties. He said 5 Basties were settled in Hiranagar and 22 in Samba, Bishnah, R S Pura and Jammu. The population of Chhamb Sector refugees was about 26000 at the time of 1965 war thereafter about 8000 population consisting of about 3500 families were temporarily settled in 27 basties.