PoJK refugees submit memorandum to PM highlighting demands, issues

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: All J&K PoJK 1947 Sharnarthi Intellectual Forum today presented a charter of demands to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting issues of the PoJK, 1947 refugees  and land compensation to the farmers of village Chatha, Rakh Chatha and Sujadput Chatha, Rakh Chatha and Sujadpur village.
The memorandum was presented to the PM through Kavinder Gupta, Deputy Chief  Minister of J&K.
The PM was apprised that the  land  at Chatha , Rakh Chatha and Sujadpur village for the purpose of establishment of  SKUAST  was acquired from poor land owner’s belonging  to the PoJK 1947 Sharnarthi community with a  meager marginal compensation of Rs  50000 per kanal.
The farmers/owners  received this amount under protest and further approached to the court of law for its enhancement with the Principal District Judge Jammu.  The case was decided in the year 2015 in favour of land owners. However, instead of honoring the court order, the SKUAST authorities further appealed in the High Court of J&K against the District Judge order and the matter is still subjudice before the High Court.  The land owners appealed to the Prime Minister to intervene and direct to the SKUAST authority to withdraw their appeal in favour of land owner victims.
The second issue, highlighted in the memorandum, was pertaining to the comprehensive package to PoJK 1947 refugees of 31683 families. Out of these registered families, 21116 families were allotted 2-3 acres of irrigated land and 4-6 acres of un-irrigated land. A mass petition regarding full and final settlement of DPs was filed  following which a committee was constituted which took two years to deliberate upon the issue and submitted its report  on 24th June 1980 but its recommendations are yet to be implemented.
While pointing towards Rs 2000 crores relief package by the present Government in the year 2015, under which each family of DPs was paid upto Rs. 5.50 lakh, the memorandum reminded that  Wadhawa Committee report and many other committees have recommended Rs 30 lakh as comprehensive package to the  PoJK refugees.
In the memorandum, the PM has also been urged to grant minority status to the Hindu/Sikh in J&K where all the benefit of the minority status is being given to the majority community for the last 70 years.

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  1. Sikhs are declared as religious minority at the national level by GOI like Muslims. The Minority benefits as are given by GOI to religious minorities are available to both Sikhs and Muslims even in Punjab and J&K. During UPA rule in the 15 point programme of the PM though it was mentioned that in the states where a National level religious minority is in Majority the proposals would be initiated to extend the minority benefits to the religious communities that are in minority in a particular state like J&K, Lakshdeep; Punjab ; ,Nagaland, Mizoram, and Meghalaya ; and the National level minorities will not be given the benefits / assistance as announced by the Union from time time to time. But that did not happen.