At least 5,300 displaced J&K families added to PM's aid scheme

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/10/2019 4:39:01 AM

NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (Agencies): The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the inclusion of 5,300 displaced families of Pakistan-occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir and now settled in Jammu and Kashmir, in the Prime Minister's financial assistance scheme announced in 2015.
The approval will enable such families to become eligible to get one-time financial assistance of Rs 5.50 lakh under the existing "Prime Minister's Development Package 2015 for Jammu and Kashmir" scheme, and in turn, be able to get some sustained income which the existing scheme is aimed at, said a Cabinet statement.
The rehabilitation package was approved by the Cabinet on November 30, 2016.
The 5,300 displaced families from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), who initially opted to move out of Jammu and Kashmir to other parts of the country were not included in the package earlier.
Now those displaced families out of the 5,300 who initially opted to move out of the state but later returned and settled in Jammu and Kashmir are being included in the package, said the statement.
"These families, who have suffered on account of wars and hostilities, will enable to earn a reasonable monthly income and be part of mainstream economic activities.
"This will also upgrade the Government's capacity to respond effectively to such displaced families need of financial assistance. Requirement of funds will be met out of the already sanctioned funds for the existing scheme," said the statement.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar made the announcement after the Cabinet took the decision.
"Three types of displaced family came in Jammu and Kashmir. First lot came after 1947, immediately after the Partition (of India and Pakistan). The second came after Kashmir's assimilation in India. And, the other lot of some families came from PoK," Javadekar said in a media briefing.
In 1947, during the communal riots and the attacks of tribal raiders, 31,619 families migrated from PoK to this side of Jammu and Kashmir.
Of these, 26,319 families settled in Jammu and Kashmir and 5,300 families initially opted to move out of the state to other parts of the country.
Further, during the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, 10,065 more families were displaced from Chhamb-Niabat area.
Of these 3,500 families were displaced during the 1965 war and 6,565 families were displaced during the 1971 war.
The 36,384 displaced families covered under the package approved by the Cabinet on November 30, 2016 included 26,319 displaced families from PoK settled in Jammu and Kashmir and 10,065 displaced families displaced from Chhamb-Niabat area.
Since the families, left out of this statistic of displaced persons, had settled in states other than Jammu and Kashmir their names were not on the List of Displaced Persons, Javadekar said, before adding that the government was correcting a historical wrong and ensuring that these families receive benefits. The families number around 5,300.
The Prime Minister's Development Package is an umbrella scheme that funds several projects in Jammu and Kashmir. Under the package, the government provides a Rs 5.5 lakh compensation to families that migrated from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Javadekar made today's announcement at a press conference in New Delhi shortly after a meeting of the Union Cabinet. The other decisions taken by the cabinet include hiking dearness allowance for central government employees by 5 percent and relaxing till 30th November 2019 the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.



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