UT Govt registers 4000 PoJK refugees putting up outside J&K

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NDPs face problems in getting documents of proof from PRO

Avtar Bhat

JAMMU, Sept 14: Though the UT Government has started the process of registration and issuance of Domicile Certificates to PoJK refugees putting up outside J&K who despite being the bonafide of erstwhile State of J&K could not get registered due to certain reasons and unavoidable circumstances, the cumbersome process in providing the documents of proof by Provincial Rehabilitation Officer (PRO) is delaying the process.
According to sources, the process of registration of these displaced people has been started by the J&K Government vide the order No 52 -JK (DMRRR) of 2020 issued on May 16 last year by Department of Disaster Management , Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction.
The Relief and Rehabilitation Organization for Kashmiri Migrants has been entrusted with the responsibility of registration of the displaced people from PoJK putting up in different parts of country outside J&K, sources added.
The Relief Organization was given directives to visit outside J&K to make the on spot registration of Kashmiri migrants and other displaced people from PoJK putting up outside the UT and issuance of domicile certificates to them there on spot so that they are not put to hardships in visiting Jammu for the same.
According to official sources, around 4000 such displaced families putting up in different parts of country outside J&K have been registered till date and among them 10,000 people have been issued the Domicile Certificates of J&K also.
Sources said the Relief and Rehabilitation Department has assigned the duty of registration of these migrants to a Nodal Officer who will visit Delhi and other parts for on spot registration of these DPs from PoJK as well as those Kashmiri migrants who have migrated prior to 1989 from J&K and were not registered with the Relief Organization.
Sources said last month Relief Organization held a camp in New Delhi for on spot verification and registration of these DPs which was also attended by Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner and other officers of the Organization. The officers of the organization are again visiting Union capital and other parts of the country where such people are putting up to have on spot registration of Displaced Persons from PoJK as well as Kashmiri migrants.
Sources said there are about 5300 PoJK Displaced Persons families putting up outside J&K and to facilitate them their registration with UT of J&K this step was taken by the Government. However, the families have since then multiplied by many times and their number would surpass 50,000 by now and the process of registration is very slow.
Sources said that the Government had given one year time to these displaced people as well as Kashmiri migrants who had migrated from J&K prior to 1989 mass exodus for their registration but the process is very slow which shows the intent of the Government which is not inclined to speedy process of their registration.
Sources said it was earlier decided that these DPs and Kashmiris who migrated prior to 1989 should get themselves first registered with Relief and Rehabilitation organization Jammu by showing any valid document of their displacement from PoJK with proof on the basis of which they will be registered.
Sources said that the post of Provincial Rehabilitation Officer (PRO) whose office is having the record of these displaced persons is vacant for last eight months and no officer has been posted there due to which these people are facing difficulties in getting the valid proof of being displaced people from PoJK.
Sources said earlier Custodian Jammu was acting as the ex officio PRO for the displaced people from PoJK and they were not facing the problem in getting the documents from that office but after its bifurcation the process has been delayed and many of the DPs from PoJK due to this cumbersome process coupled with COVID pandemic are hesitant to visit Jammu for getting the documents of proof from concerned office.
Sources said that the Relief Organisation can’t do any thing in expediting the registration process till the valid documents of displacement are not available with these DPs and Government needs to look into this flaw.
As per order these people should possess the copy of their Permanent Resident Certificate or that of their parents or grand parents issued by competent authority of J&K, copy of electoral roll for the year 1951 showing the name of applicant, his or her parents or grand parents, copy o the electoral roll for the year 1988 showing the name of the applicant or his or her parents, proof of owning or possessing immovable property in any part of J&K on or after 14th May 1944, proof of registration as a migrant or a displaced person of J&K with any competent authority or Governments of other States/UTs and proof of having any documentation which would have made the person eligible to obtain a Permanent Resident Certificate of J&K before 6-08-2019.
When contacted, Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner, Ashok Kumar Pandita said that the process of registration of displaced people has already been started and soon the team will visit Delhi and other places again for the on spot registration of these people.