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Four-months passed after Centre’s approval, 5300 left-out PoJK refugees families yet to get relief
1/24/2020 12:00:23 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 23: Almost four months have been passed but 5300 left-out families from Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) have yet to get relief packge which their counterparts in J&K have received. These left-out families are those refugees from PoJK who went outside J&K during 1947 holocast because they were not allowed to settle in J&K by the then state government headed by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. These families were later returned and settle in different parts of Jammu but authorities allegedly ignored them for years together.
Like other refugees families from PoJK, these displaced persons also deserved relief like other refugees but the same was denied to them due to gameplan of some vested interests in the bureaucracy.
After implementation of President’s rule in J&K, Union Government on October 9, 2019 had approved inclusion of 5,300 DP families of Jammu & Kashmir-1947 in the rehabilitation package approved by the Union Cabinet on November 30, 2016. These families had initially opted to move outside the State of Jammu & Kashmir but later on returned and settled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
It was announced that the approval would enable such DP Families to become eligible to get one-time financial assistance of Rs 5.5 Lakhs under the existing scheme, and in turn, be able to get some sustained income which the existing scheme is aimed at. It is mentioned here that in the wake of the1947 Pakistani aggression in J&K, 31,619 families migrated from Pakistan Occupied Areas of J&K (PoJK) to the state of J&K. Of these, 26,319 families settled in the state of J&K and 5300 families initially opted to move out of the state of J&K to other parts of the country. Further during the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971 10,065 more families were displaced from ChhambNiabat area. Of these 3,500 families were displaced during the 1965 war and 6565 families were displaced during the 1971 war.
The 36,384 displaced families covered under the package approved by the Cabinet on 30.11.2016 included 26,319 displaced families from PoJK settled in J&K and 10,065 Displaced Families displaced from ChhambNiabat area. The 5300 DP families of PoJK who initially opted to move out of the state of J&K to other parts of the country were not included in the approved package. Now those DP families out of the 5300 who initially opted to move out of the State but later returned and settled in J&K are being included in the package.
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