JAMMU, Feb 28: The Jammu Kashmir Sharnarthi Action Committee (JKSAC) appealed to Chief Secretary, Dr Arun K. Mehta and Secretary DMRRR to impress upon the MHA visiting team headed by Joint Secy Prashant Lokhande for the extension of relief package scheme of Rs 5.5 lakhs to accommodate the left-out families which is under their consideration.
In a meeting of JKSAC held at village Abtal in Samba today, the participating members of district Samba committee made a humble appeal to visiting MHA team to extend the relief package scheme of Rs 5.5 lakhs for another two years to accommodate the over left-out 5000 families as the same has been closed by MHA on Feb 22, 2022.
While addressing the participant members, Gurdev Singh, president expressed his serious concern regarding the closure of relief scheme and termed it as arbitrary and illogical as the order for closure of the scheme issued without ascertaining the factual position and without seeking the feedback from the concerned sub-ordinate office of UT of J&K. He said that sudden and untimely closure of the relief scheme has deprived more than 8,000 DPs of Jammu based bonafide families of 1947, 1965 and 1971 of the benefits of the relief scheme.
Singh said order issued by MHA is absolutely contrary to couple of earlier statements made by Home Minister, Amit Shah, wherein he assured time and again that benefits of ex-gratia relief scheme of Rs 5.5 lakhs would be provided to all the bonafide DPs families settled in Jammu and even including those who are settled in other parts of the country.
He appealed to visiting team to take up the issue of the extension of scheme for another two year on priority with Ministry of Home Affairs to provide benefits of the scheme to the remaining thousands of families.
He further appealed to the PM and Home Minister to implement the Joint Parliamentary Committee report No. 183 to resolve the DPs long pending settlement issues as well as de-freezing of their share of seats out of 24 as per their population.
Bhagwan Singh, Joginder Lal, Tarsem Singh Chib, Subash Chander, Manmohan Singh, Pishori Lal and Rattan Lal also spoke on the occasion.