SOS International takes up issues with Chief Secretary

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 4: A delegation of SOS International led by its Chairman Rajiv Chuni, Vice Chairman Prof NN Sharma, General Secretary VK Datta, Secretary Pramod Ghai and Press Secretary Mohit Sharma met Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam here.
During the meet, Chuni said that PoK DPs who are presently more than 13 lakh in populace, who were forcefully thrown out from their ancestral places–Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and some parts of Poonch, are constraint to spend their lives in sadistic conditions. “We like to inform you even after the lapse of 70 years, the future of wards of PoK DPs are hanging in balance as they don’t have resources to move any further”, he added.
He demanded from the Government of India through J&K Government to implement their package passed by the State Cabinet in the year 2014 in which Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia grant in cash, reservation to wards of PoK DPs in professional and technical colleges across the nation, employment package to 8,500 unemployed youths and many more were incorporated.
Chuni further informed that whole passing package in October 2014, the then State Government excluded 5300 families registered outside the State from the said package. In fact, 7500 displaced families got registered outside J&K State and only 5300 are excluded from this present scheme.
“Out of these 7,500 families, approximately 2,200 folks came back to J&K instantly after their registration as displaced persons from PoK and even having their registration number outside the State, lands, plots and quarters were allotted to them in J&K by the PRO, Jammu. SOS International has brought this issue into the notice of former Divisional Commissioner Mandeep K Bhandari Jammu. Bhandari sent a communiqué to PRO regarding inclusion of these 2200 families in the ambit of package but no concrete measures were taken on ground”, he added.
“During genocide that took place in 1947, scores of PoK DPs lost their children at that time, so they adopted children here and transferred their properties on their names as they became their legal heirs but the authorities are not giving its nod to provide them relief amount. They have registered their wills in court but authorities are not ready to accept it. Government needs to direct authorities to disburse relief amount to legal heirs as per adoption or as per will”, he stated.
He further said that some PoK DPs are having daughters only and authorities are not ready to accept their claims. Government needs to direct authorities to accept these cases, he stated.
“Chief Election Commissioner recently issued notices to Government of India, J&K Government and Chief Electoral Officer to clear their stand over the restoration of 8 frozen seats for Legislative Assembly”, he said and urged Chief Secretary to support their demand over this issue so that they can vote for their respective constituencies.
Chief Secretary listened to all the problems with utmost attention and assured the delegation for fast disbursal of all demands.