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Of PM's Rs 2000 Cr package, nothing spent on POK refugees
2/20/2018 12:29:47 AM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Feb 19: The Jammu and Kashmir government seems to have ignored the dreadful plight of POK refugees in Jammu with latest figures revealing no single penny was spent on their rehabilitation from PM's special package.
The official documents in possession of Early Times newspaper put forth a stunning revelation about how the state dispensation has been doing nothing for the economic upliftment of the POK based refugees in Jammu and how their woes are being constantly ignored and undermined by the state machinery.
The documents reveal that under the Prime Minister's Special Package, Rs 2000 crore were sanctioned by the Government of India for the rehabilitation and one time settlement of 36384 families from POK.
As per the documents, out of these sanctioned Rs 2000 crores, not even a single rupee has been spent so far by the state regime- putting a lid over the murky system in vogue and step- motherly treatment being given to the already ill-fated people.
These POK based refugees were displaced from their houses and forced to take shelter in Jammu 70 years ago. And what is more unfortunate and worrisome is that their plight failed has so far failed out rightly to move the world organisations, the Centre and state governments.
There have been already reports about how the three generations of people displaced from PoK were faced with poverty, discrimination and apathy and forced to live in 39 filthy camps.
Patiently, the Government of India appointed an Interlocutor (Dineshwar Sharma) to get the views of various sections of the society in November last year. he has been visiting Kashmir Valley and listening to the people and their woes. What has raised eye brows is that Sharma has he not visited for a single time the people displaced from PoK yet.
Thousands of refugees, who were forced to leave the areas of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan in 1947, were provided land in different parts of the Jammu region in 1960s but they did not get benefits of different government housing schemes or access to bank loans. "This is gruesome that when refugee rights are being raised everywhere, the Jammu and Kashmir government hasn't bothered to address the issues and hardships being faced by more than thirty six thousand families who took shelter in Jammu after facing prosecution in PAK. These ill- fated people left everything behind and took shelter in the state with the hope that they and their children would find a better life. Here they have been given even more miserable treatment. This has to stop," says an official who added that till date, no amount has been spent on these families from PM's package.
The official added that this is the third generation of the POK refugees who is sufferings without any fault in the state and the government so far has been giving them the step-motherly treatment only.
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