February 2008 News

J&K: CM Announces Committee To Resolve 1947-migrants' Issues

1 February 2008

Mineguruji: A COMMITTEE of officers of the revenue department and representatives of the refugees of 1947 from PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) would sit together and sort out difference between the official record and claims of the refugees about their compensation. This was stated by Jammu Kashmir, chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who while speaking to a large deputation of refugees announced the formation of such a committee. Deputy chairman, Legislative Council, Arvinder Singh, legislator RS Chib and leaders of the PoK refugees were present. The chief minister asked the deputation to select five to six representatives who would sit with the officers of the revenue department to look into the disagreement between the official record and the claims of the refugees with regard to the compensation. He said, he would constitute the committee of officers on February 4 and told the deputation to come to the committee only with demands that were possible to fulfill and not make demands just for the sake of demands. He said that after the two sides discuss the issue and come to a conclusion, he would also sit with them and see what action could be taken. The chief minister said, that a similar mechanism would be set up to look into the demands of the PoK refugees of 1965 and 1971. The members of the deputation demanded a comprehensive compensation and permanent settlement, as they were state subjects of Jammu and Kashmir. They also demanded parity in terms of incentives provided to Kashmiri migrants including reservation for their children in professional colleges in different states of the country. The leaders of the refugees said that since 1947 their third generation was now fighting for comprehensive compensation and removal of the tag of refugees. Earlier, Chib and Singh thanked Azad for being the first chief minister of the state to have taken keen interest in the amelioration of the problems of the refugees and taking up the matter in the round table conferences and working groups and also in a meeting with the Prime Minister. They also appreciated the chief minister for constituting Wadhwa Committee to look into the demands and problems of the refugees and make recommendations.

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