JAMMU, Sept 30: Jammu Kashmir Sharnarthi Action Committee (JKSAC) held a meeting of DPs of 1947 from POK at Rajal, tehsil Nowshera under the patronage of Gurdev Singh, president (JKSAC) and D.N. Raina, incharge tehsil Kalakote, Sunderbani and Nowshera. The meeting highlighted the grievances of DPs and demanded that registration of their claims for left-out properties in POK and its compensation thereof. It urged upon the Lt. Governor to provide them ex-gratia relief as per the recommendation of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report along with other components and a roadmap be prepared accordingly.
In the meeting Gurdev Singh, Dev Saroop, Dr. Naresh Kumar and Romesh Raina said that JKSAC has struggled since 1967 regarding the issues and raised it with earlier State and Central Governments demanding compensation including defreezing of their share of Assembly seats. But the same were denied by the Central Government having some Constitutional implications raised by various ministries of GOI on the plea that as the area of J&K is under the illegal occupation of Pakistan which is an integral part of India and any registration of claim of DPs for the properties left behind and its compensation thereof as well defreezing of Assembly seats could give rise to the feeling that GOI has given up the hope for the return of the illegally occupied portion of the J&K.
He said the GOI should also find a reasonable alternative to rehabilitate DPs adequately since people who migrated from West-Punjab have been settled long back. He said that 62nd report of Parliamentary Committee in 1980 is an outcome of DPs struggle which endorsed the JKSAC viewpoint and recommended the State Government to moot out a proposal for lumpsum grant, similarly two proposals of Rs 1250 and than Rs 25000 each DP family were submitted to the Central Government, but the same did materialize due to change of guard at the Centre.
He further said that another proposal of Rs 25 Lakhs each DP family was submitted by Omar Abdullah Government in 2014 and again Rs 30 lakhs alongwith other components were recommended by JPC in 2014 but the GOI did not pay any thing till now.
He further said that with the creation of Union Territories the people of J&K particularly DPs of 1947 from POK have entered a new era with the hope that adequate measures would be taken to resolve the decade old legitimate issue.