PoJK DPs protest, demand release of pending relief

PoJK DPs staging protest demonstration in Jammu on Friday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
PoJK DPs staging protest demonstration in Jammu on Friday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 25: The displaced persons from Pak occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) today held strong protest demonstration demanding release of full relief package in favour of all the displaced families.
A large number of DPs led by Capt (Retd) Yudhvir Singh Chib, under the banner of PoJK DPs Front 1947, 1965, 1971 and Non Camp-71 assembled near Press Club Jammu today during the day and held protest demonstration. They were shouting slogans in favour of their demands and also against the J&K Relief authorities. They pointed out that after long struggle, Prime Minister Modi released Rs 2000 crore relief package in favour of PoJK refugees/DPs but the authorities in J&K have failed to disburse the same even after six years.
Addressing the gathering, Chib said that till today, the Relief authorities have distributed relief to the tune of Rs 5.50 lakh/ family to hardly 70-75 % of the families while rest are still moving from pillar to the post for justice. He also strongly opposed the decision of Govt to suspend process.
The DPs leader further pointed out that JPC had recommended Rs 30 lakh relief per family and the Government must release remaining Rs 24.5 lakhs relief per family. This Rs 5.5 lakh was just first installment of the amount declared by the Joint Parliamentary Committee. He also demanded ID issuance of cards for the DPs, DPs’ families residing in Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and elsewhere should also be considered for the relief, reservation should be given to the DPs in education field and jobs, 12 Assembly seats be reserved for PoJK DPs, implementation of JPC report on relief package, ownership rights be given to the Camp DPs of 1965 and 71.
Senior DPs leaders J P Sharma, Kulbir Singh, Sakandya Devi, Master Kehar Singh and others also spoke on the occasion.