NAUP for special status to PoJK refugees

NAUP leaders addressing media at Jammu on Thursday.
NAUP leaders addressing media at Jammu on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 20: General Secretary of National Awami United Party (NAUP), Manmohan Sudan today pitched for special status to PoJK refugees and criticised the Government for not solving the issue of disbursement of compensation to them since 2016.
The UT as well as Central Government has failed to take action against the erring officials who are responsible for delaying the process of compensation package of Rs 9096 crores, approved by the Parliament Committee in 2015 wherein Rs 5.50 lakh would be awarded per family, he said.
He further said that from the year 2016, only Rs1300 crore has been distributed among PoJK refugees’ families, while Rs700 crore is still undistributed.
The Party asked the PoJK refugees to come on one platform to fight with the Government for their rights with dignity. “The PoJK refugees are also demanding reservation for their children in education and Government jobs so that they can live at par with others,” he said.
He also demanded to release eight seats, out of 24 seats which were reserved by the Parliament for PoJK refugees in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, which was also assured by the Modi Government that to allocate the Assembly seats for PoJK after delimitation.
They also deserved for Pahari status as they were belong from Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Kotli and Bhimber and now residing all over the Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of country, he said and appealed to all the refugees to assemble at Refugee Chowk, near GMC Jammu on October 22 to observe black day for genocide in 1947 and chalk out strategy for getting their rights.
Vijay Choudhary, provincial vice president and Natar Pal, joint secretary were also present during the press briefing.