PoK, Chhamb refugees finally to get relief as state asks centre to release funds
Finally the large number of refugees in Jammu and Kashmir who migrated in 1947, 1965, and 1971 wars will get relief from the government of India which is going to release funds for them after almost 60 years of dillydallying by successive governments. The Modi government in a major move is likely to release an amount of 2000 crore after the state government wrote the centre in this regard.
To achieve this the government has shelved plans to set up a joint committee, and instead decided to disburse relief directly on the basis of revenue, and relief records available with the government. The package is meant for PoK, and Chhamb refugees who have been agitating for compensation, and citizenship status for years.
Officials are hoping that the number of families, and their details who are going to get relief will be worked out in one month. The process of disbursing the relief could begin as early as February, and the government will start disbursal as soon as first installment is released. It is to be noted that the next installment of relief will be released only after once installment is utilized and a utilization certificate is given to the home ministry. There are thousands of families in the state who migrated in 1947, 1965, and 1971 but received little or nothing as compensation.
This is for the first time in last seven decades that relief is being given to the migrants who have been agitating since their arrival.