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MJR-47 delegation calls on Union Minister P Rupala
1/24/2020 9:55:21 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 24: A deputation of Movement for justice for Refugees of 1947 from POJK (MJR47) called on Union Minister Purushotam Rupala at Community Hall, Kirpind, RS Pura, Jammu.
Om Prakash Khajuria, Block Miran Sahib President, MJR47 led the delegation and presented a memorandum to the Minister, in the presence of Lt. Gov. G.C. Murmu who was also present there. Div. Comm. Jammu, Dy. Comm. Jammu and many other higher officials were also present in the meeting.
Khajuria told the Minister that 73 years have passed but the DPs of 1947 from POJK have not been rehabilitated and are waiting for justice till date. "We DPs have lost more than 45000 lives of our kith and kins in the so called Tribal raid by Pak Army on J&K state in Oct. 1947. We are the first victims of the Kashmir issue and the first party for any solution on the issue. Our DPs have now built up houses on small piece of land in the then camps established with our own resources without any govt aid. But height of injustice is that the plot or piece of land on which we have built our houses, govt has not even given us the proprietary rights", he said.
More than one lakh refugees/DPs are living on the Railway line for the last 72 years. This has multplied our miseries, as we cannot even sell or divide the house among the successor families nor can mortgage the property for taking even educational loans for higher studies of our wards, Khajuria said.
The delegation further said, the state govt had deducted the cost agricultural land and small housing plots or quaters allotted to DPs earlier out of the Rs 3500/- ex-gratia grant by the then GOI in 1960. "We fail to understand when govt talks about One Constitution, One law of equality then why discrimination with us. GOI is showering package after package for Valle Migrants but are totally blind to we DPs of '47. Govt may built house with gold for Valley Migrants we don't contest but give justice to 12lakh DPs of 1947 also", the delegation said.
It further said that there are recommendations by Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs GOI to give Rs30 lakh interim relief to our DPs but the state govt. reduced it to paltry Rs. 5.5 lakhs per family as registered in 1947. The govt has reserved 24 seats of legislative assembly for POJK area residents, why don't they defreeze at least 8 seats for us, the original residents of POJK. "There is no reservation for our wards for hagher education in technical colleges and other institution with the result that while living in abject poverty in the refugee camps our three generation have been deprived of proper higher studies and development and employment opportunities. We have been deprived of and suffered politically, socially economically, lost our culture, language and heritage under our democracy", the delegation members argued.
The delegation members demanded implementation of complete Rehabilitation package as recommended by state as well as by DRPSC on Home Affairs of Rajya Sabha in Dec. 2014, sanction proprietary rights to the DPs on their lands where they have constructed houses in the refugee camps, defreezing of at-least 6 to 8 assembly seats out of 24 seats kept reserved for POJK & Reservation of at least one seat in Rajya Sabha for DP's of 1947 from POJK, establishment of development board for fresh registration of successor DP's families existing as on date and development of the regfugee basties/ habitations, start registration of DPs families as existing today and the leftover families settled outside the state and only recorded by the state govt. & relief agencies outside the state.
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