Tuesday, 2 April 2013

PoK refugees demand one time settlement
JAMMU: Demanding comprehensive settlement, a large number of displaced families from various districts held a protest against the State Government under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir PoK Refugee Front 1947, 1965 and 1971 outside Press Club, Jammu on Tuesday. Raising anti-government slogans, the refugee families belonging to Mirpur, Bhimber, Deva, Watala, Chhamb, Mannawar, Kotli, Palandari, Baag, Poonch and Muzafarabad assembled in front of Press Club and demanded urgent granting of the one-time settlement package for refugees declared by the Centre. Front General Secretary, Rachhpal Singh Chib said the PoK refugees of 1947, 1965, 1971 had staged many protest rallies and also submitted memorandum to the Government of India as well. He alleged that officials, however, were observing silence on the issue as they are least concerned about their problems.
The front demanded that a fresh notification should be issued to register genuine non-camp families by the DC office that had been left out. It appealed to the authorities to take appropriate steps to ensure that the problems of the refugees were solved soon once for all. They demanded a onetime package for the refugees of 1947, 1965 and 1971 which include compensation for the shortage of land allotted to the refugees, ownership of the land allotted, reservation in the Assembly seats, reservation in education and recruitment and implementation of Wadhwa Commission Report.

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