Nod to Rehabilitate PoK Displaced Soon

The political Parties have Accepted Mirwari's Request to be United to Resolve Kashmir's Issue.
  • The issue of rehabilitation of displaced families of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Chhamb area of western Pakistan may finally be settled.
  • Government is likely to soon approve a substantial one-time settlement package for over 36,000 families from these regions.
  • It is likely to fall short of the demand made by Jammu & Kashmir government which has asked for over Rs 9,000 crore.
  • The matter will also be finalized and a formal announcement made only after elections in the state are over
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh is personally supervising the issue.
  • Some details have been asked from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Meetings are being held.
  • Though, it would be difficult to foot the demand made by the state government, a reasonable package is being arrived at.
  • Thousands of families were displaced from PoK and Chhamb during 1947, 1965 and 1971 war with Pakistan and settled largely in Jammu & Kashmir apart from some other states in India.
  • These families have been demanding a settlement package from the government for decades.
  • Pakistan Occupied Kashmir Displaced People's Front, an organization working for settlement of these families, had demanded Rs 25 lakh for each family.
  • The J&K government in October approved a package of Rs 9,096 crore as one-time settlement for 36,384 families from these areas and sent the proposal to Delhi.
  • The Narendra Modi government is seriously looking at getting a strong foothold for BJP in the state where it has remained a minor player largely drawing support from Hindu-dominated areas of Jammu.
  • The Prime Minister has already made several visits to the state including for political rallies ahead of the upcoming elections.