PoJK DPs protest, demand release of pending relief

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

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 25: The displaced persons from Pak occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) today held strong protest demonstration here and demanded release of pending relief package in favour of displaced families and reserve 12 Assembly seats for them.
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 to all the DP families.
While addressing large gathering Capt Chib said that till today, the Relief authorities have distributed relief to the tune of Rs 5.50 lakh/ family while about 30 percent families were still moving from pillar to the post for justice. Many deserving families have been deprived of the benefit on different pretexts. He said the 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.
Chib requested the lt Governor to make considerable policy for non-camp DPs which have been given state land under Roshni Act but now Roshni Act get scrapped. With this their future has turned uncertain as their were depend on this piece of land for their livelihood. The PoJK DPs must be given concession and Govt must frame a policy for it.
He also demanded issuance of ID 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 (President Women wing), Kuldip Singh Chib, Master Kehar Singh, Master Kamal Kumar and others also joined the protest.