PoJK DPs protest, seek disbursement of relief

Displaced persons from PoJK staging protest near Press Club in Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/ Rakesh
Displaced persons from PoJK staging protest near Press Club in Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/ Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 21: The displaced persons from Pak occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) staged protest here today, demanding early disbursement of relief amount announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The displaced persons from PoK under the banner of PoJK DPs’ Front-1947, 65, 71  and Non-Camp 1971   assembled at Press Club here today  and started protest demanding justice for  displaced persons from PoJK and other categories. The members of displaced community led by Capt (Retd) Yudhvir Singh Chib, president, assembled at Press Club here in the morning and started their  protest. They demanded that process of distribution of Rs 2000 crore package announced by Prime Minister be started without any delay. They claimed that this amount should not be treated as full and final package as many other components of the package  have been ignored. There is confusion over the quantum of relief and it should also be clarified.
The displaced persons including women activists strongly demanded that Govt should provide them justice. They were also  protesting  against the PRO for his allegedly shady role in previous package during 2000 and ignoring many deserving families.  They said there was no clarity in PM’s package and all type of displaced persons were still confused. They also demanded enhancement in package announced.
Capt Chib while addressing the gathering declared that it was not full and final payment of relief moreover, controversial clause 4 of the form has been delected by the Govt after strong protest by the DPs. He asked the refugee families to complete their files with all the required documents and submit in the office of concerned officers. He said the  PRO and DC have been appointed as designated authorities for this purpose.
He demanded inclusion of  5300 left out families, ownership rights to DPs of 1947, issuance of ALC certificate to DPs and  15 % reservation to their wards in jobs and professional colleges. He also demanded Rs 30 lakh compensation for each DP family as recommended JPC. He also demanded reservation of 24 Assembly seats for the DPs in J&K Legislature.
Refugee leaders Jai Pal Singh, Skandya Devi, R S Chib,  Kulbir Singh and others also spoke on the occasion.