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‘Over 5,000 PoJK families yet to get Centre’s assistance’

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Will take up issue with Centre, says LG

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday said his administration will take up with the Centre the issue of over 5,000 displaced families of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) who failed to avail the ‘one-time central assistance’ timely.

Under the one-time central assistance for displaced persons of PoJK announced by the central government in November 2015, a total of 33,636 cases were approved and an amount of Rs 1,452.33 crore was distributed, Sinha said.

“This scheme ended in March last year. Somehow, more than 5,000 families could not submit their claims within the time frame. The issue will be taken up with the central government,” Sinha said in his address to a gathering after inaugurating the ‘LG’s Special Governance Camp for Displaced Persons of PoJK’ here.

He said the families have suffered a lot and Prime Minister Narendra Modi understood their sufferings and made arrangements for their financial support and settlement.

“We had started outreach programmes in 2021 for the families living outside the Union territory so that no one was left behind in any welfare scheme,” Sinha said.

The LG expressed gratitude to the Home Minister for making seven sub-schemes an umbrella scheme under “Relief and Rehabilitation of Migrants and Repatriates” and extending the welfare schemes till 2025-26, he added.

Over 21,000 domicile certificates were issued through camps in Delhi, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

“We will continuously run such camps in Jammu and Kashmir and other states and Union territories so that all the affected families can get the benefits of government welfare schemes,” he added.

The LG assured of resolving all pending issues of displaced families of PoJK.

“The prime minister’s mantra of ‘Vanchito ko Variyata’ is guiding our developmental journey. In the last 30 months, we have ensured governance is inclusive, transparent, effective and accountable, and provides equal benefit and equal opportunity to all,” he added.

The LG urged the talented youth to avail the benefits of youth-oriented programmes run by the government. “Mission youth will extend benefits of all 17 schemes. The Sports Council will provide opportunities and all possible help to the promising players in various sports disciplines,” he added.

Dr Deepak Kapoor, president PoJK Visthapit Seva Samiti, expressed his gratitude towards the government for making dedicated efforts for the welfare of the PoJK displaced persons.

Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; KK Sidha, Commissioner, Relief & Rehabilitation and other senior officers were also present.

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