West Pakistani refugees protest, demand release of compensation

West Pakistani refugees protesting at Kathua on Saturday. -Excelsior/Pardeep
West Pakistani refugees protesting at Kathua on Saturday. -Excelsior/Pardeep

Excelsior Correspondent
KATHUA, Dec 15: West Pakistani refugee held a protest dharna here, today which was led by its president, Labha Ram Gandhi in support of their genuine demand for release of the compensation announced by Central Government some time back.
The protestors raised slogans in favour of their demand. While addressing the protestors’ president of West Pak refugees, Labha Ram Gandhi criticized the attitude of State Government and Revenue Department which he alleged was creating hurdles in disbursement of compensation on one pretext or another.
He said that the decision of Central Government to some extent could have given a relief to the hapless refugees but the attitude of State Government to delay the whole process of disbursement of compensation despite the Central Government has fixed the deadline till ending March is unfortunate. He alleged that the Revenue Department is demanding the document of 1951.
He said on the one side, the State Government is claiming to identify the West Pakistani families but on the other side they were demanding unwanted documents. He said that “I think State Government is not interested to disburse the compensation in favour of refugee.”
As Revenue Department is creating undue hurdles in the process and even a dozen files were not settled so far. In such circumstances Government will take 60 year to disburse the compensation, he added.
He appealed the Governor, Satya Paul Malik to take necessary steps otherwise they will approach to Ministry of Home to get their genuine demands fulfilled.


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