Inclusion of 5300 PoJK families for ex-gratia rejuvenated eroded hopes: Dr Narinder

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 9: BJP State general secretary, Dr Narinder Singh today said that the decision of Union Government to include the left out 5300 PoJK families for grant of ex-gratia relief has rejuvenated rusted hearts with eroded hopes.
Dr Narinder Singh said that with this decision the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done justice to the needy souls. He said that earlier, in 1971, the then Government headed by Congress leadership deliberately did grave injustice by excluding the families by rolling out a law. He said that not only the justice was denied to the families at the behest of selfish leaders, but it gave rise to a wave of alienation to the masses who were deprived of their birth places, for no fault of theirs.
Dr Singh, said that there were total 31,619 Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) displaced families which were registered by the J&K Government in 1947, but around 5,300 families were made to move towards the other parts of Nation as the authorities expressed their inability to rehabilitate all families citing insufficiency of resources.
But later, in 1971, Government enacted a law, denying the 5300 families of their rights. Till now, the relief was being given to 26,319 PoJK displaced families plus 10,065 families displaced in 1965 and 1971 from Chamb, thus giving relief to total 36,384 displaced families. After, the inclusion of these families, relief will be made available to 41,684 families, he said.
Dr Singh pointed out that the refugee population from PoJK which includes population from Poonch, Mirpur, Muzzafarabad etc always cried out for the above benefit. He batted for their inclusion in the list citing the reason that the PoJK population has been victimized for decades together and have been at the receiving end of the circumstances due to continued apathy of the Governments and various departments.
He said that all those displaced families who had migrated to other states, will now also be provided ex-gratia relief of 5.5 lakh rupees and will also preserve their rights, which were denied deliberately then.


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