Cabinet approves Rs 2000 crore package for PoK refugees
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Rs. 2,000-crore aid package for people displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The package, proposed by the Home Ministry, will provide financial aid to 36,384 families, many of whom have been living in parts of Jammu and Kashmir since after Independence.
According to NDTV, each of these families will get around Rs. 5.5-lakh aid, a senior official said. The refugees from West Pakistan, mostly from PoK, are settled in different areas of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. However, they are not permanent residents of the state in terms of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. Those who will receive the government aid were displaced during the India-Pakistan Partition of 1947, others were displaced during wars between the two countries in 1965 and 1971.
Jammu and Kashmir Sharanarthi Action Committee (JKSAC), an organisation representing the displaced people of the PoK, has been maintaining that the package should not be seen as final settlement as Rs. 9,200 crore was required to settle all of them.
The Modi government had in January 2015 approved certain concessions for the refugees from West Pakistan settled in Jammu and Kashmir after considering the problems being faced by them.