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Guv takes officials to task for unspent PoK refugees funds
10/22/2018 10:50:23 PM

Early Times Report
Jammu, Oct 22: The Governor administration in J&K is all set to fast pace the spending of the central grant meant for the relief and rehabilitation of PoK refugees in Jammu region.
As per reports coming to fore, the Governor has expressed anguish over the snail's pace of spending of the central grants coming from time to time for the west PoK refugees. The fact has also been highlighted that why the previous regime in the state was turning a blind eye towards the plight of these ill-fated people and why no amount announced by the centre in 2017 has so far been spent on their relief and rehabilitation.
As per the reports, clear-cut instructions have now been given to the concerned authorities from the Governor that the funds that so far have been kept unspent must be disbursed at an earliest.
The documents reveal that under the Prime Minister's Special Package, Rs 2000 crore were sanctioned by the government of India for the rehabilitation and one time settlement of 36384 families from PoK.
As per the documents, out of these sanctioned Rs 2000 crore, not even a single rupee was spent by the state regime, putting a lid over the murky system in vogue and step- motherly treatment being given to the already ill-fated people.
These PoK based refugees were displaced from their houses and forced to take shelter in Jammu 70 years ago. And what is more unfortunate and worrisome is that their plight failed has so far failed out rightly to move the world organisations, the centre and state governments.
There have been already reports about how the three generations of people displaced from PoK were faced with poverty, discrimination and apathy and forced to live in 39 filthy camps.
Patiently, the government of India appointed an interlocutor (Dineshwar Sharma) to get the views of various sections of the society in November last year. He has been visiting Kashmir Valley and listening to the people and their woes. What has raised eyebrows is that Sharma has not visited for a single time the people displaced from PoK yet.
Thousands of refugees, who were forced to leave the areas of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan in 1947, were provided land in different parts of the Jammu region in 1960s, but they did not get benefits of different government housing schemes or access to bank loans.
This is considered by many a gruesome act that when refugee rights are being raised every where, the Jammu and Kashmir government didn't bother to address the issues and hardships being faced by more than thirty six thousand families who took shelter in Jammu after facing prosecution in PoK. These ill- fated people left everything behind and took shelter in the state with the hope that they and their children would find a better life.
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