Kashmiri migrants warn agitation, demand revocation of order
31 October 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Kashmiri migrants have outrightly rejected the recent Government order regarding the enhancement of cash relief which has deprived a family upto four members of any financial benefit. Expressing their anger over the Revenue Department order in this regard, various KP organizations have also warned to launch agitation if it was not revoked immediately. Expressing dismay over the decision, a cross section of Kashmiri migrants languishing in various camps here alleged that they feel totally cheated by the Government as this order has no justification. This has not only exposed the Government but also proved that it (Government) is not concerned towards the welfare of the displaced community, said Mr Hira Lal Chatta, senior ASKPC leader. Sharing the community’s concern over what he termed the unjustified decision, Mr R L Bhan, president All India Kashmiri Hindu Forum said ''this way the community feels cheated by the Government. He warned that the Forum will join hands with ASKPC and other like minded organizations to protest against what they termed as ''black'' order. He said all KP organizations will join hands to launch united struggle against the decision and alleged that no displaced relief holder will be benefited by this decision. The NC MLC, Mr Bhushan Lal Bhat has also expressed his surprise over the order saying what has come into black and white is quite opposite to the Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee’s announcement during his visit to State. He said we had demanded enhancement of cash assistance to Rs 750 per head from Rs 600 for a family of four members on the basis of which maximum families have been classified. But the new order is totally a negation of that, he added. Mr A K Jyotshi, PDP leader has also criticized the decision and termed it a ploy to defame the new Government by some vested elements in the administration. The Kashmiri Refugee Traders Association representatives Messrs Shiban Hakoo and Ashok Kangan have also expressed the dismay over the decision. They have appealed the Revenue authorities to withdraw the order failing which the displaced people will take to streets. Meanwhile Kashmiri Hindu Youth Forum has decided to hold demonstration in front of Relief Commissioner’s Office tomorrow to lodge their protest against the Government order. It may be recalled that Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir while announcing the special package for the strife- torn state had announced enhancement of cash relief for Kashmiri migrants from Rs 24,00 to Rs 30,00 per family. But in contravention of the norms adopted for enhancement of relief from time to time previously a confusion has been created in the formal orders issued by the Revenue Department of the State Government recently. In this order it has been categorically mentioned that a family consisting of five members will only be eligible to draw the cash assistance of Rs 30,00 and no such benefit will be given to family below five members. The said order also maintains that there will be no enhancement in cash relief from Rs 600 per head upto a family of four members who will be paid Rs 24,00 as per the old scale.