Number of migrants from Jammu goes up to 1.5 lakh
7 June 2002
The Times of India
JAMMU: Nearly 1,800 people of 344 families had migrated to safer places from border villages of Akhnoor sector in Jammu district since on Friday, raising the number of migrants to 1.5 lakh following shelling by Pakistani troops, according to official sources here. The sources said that 156 families of Panjore camp and 193 families from Hijhiri Sarai in Kanachak area have migrated to safer places since Friday. Some of the migrants had been lodged in government schools in Akhnoor area, they said. More than 1.5 lakh people have so far migrated from border villages of Kathua, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu division due to shelling and firing by Pakistani troops since last month. Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary I S Malhi on Friday said that a new relief package was being implemented for border migrants from this month. The chief secretary, who was on a visit to relief camps in Kathua and Jammu, said that the quantity of rations had been increased from 9 kg to 11 kg per head. This will include 9 kg of wheat flour and 2 kg of rice per head. Cash relief had also been hiked from Rs 200 per head to Rs 400 with a maximum of Rs 1,600 per family, he said.