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SOS International welcomes package for Jammu migrants
JAMMU, Jun 23: SOS International - an organization for PoK Refugees, Chairman Rajiv Chuni has welcomed the decision of the state cabinet to sanction a package for Jammu migrants on the pattern of Kashmiri migrants here today.

SOS International chairman Rajiv Chuni while welcoming the decision for sanctioning of the special package of Rs 91.56 Cr for the return and rehabilitation of Jammu migrants by the state cabinet in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that decision in the election year seemed to be more politically motivated than emerged out of real concern for the Jammu migrants.

He said that the news item disseminated in the media by the state owned Information department indicating that the Chief Minister prevailed upon the opposing cabinet colleagues for grant of a special package smacked of taking credit for what the High Court and later Supreme Court directed the state government.

He said that successive state governments paid no heed to the plight of refugees from Jammu region including the parts of erstwhile princely State of Jammu and Kashmir including PoK refugees while the Kashmiri migrants had been granted lavish packages including jobs, return and rehabilitation and what not.

“The government has granted sanction for the package and forwarded to the Centre for further sanction as the money has to be given by the central government. The government should ensure that this package does not meet the same fate as that of the package forwarded by the Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla for PoK refugees,” said Rajiv Chuni. He added, “Bhalla had announced forwarding a proposal for the PoK refugees after a huge hue and cry by the PoK refugees after the grant of relief and rehabilitation package and Jagti township to Kashmiri migrants but the fate of the proposal is not yet known.”

Chuni asked the government not to make this package just `an eyewash’ but to pursue with the Centre for its realization.

He said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should announce the sanction of package during his tour to this state so that Jammu migrants could also be treated at par with the Kashmiri migrants as per the direction of the apex court.

News Updated at : Sunday, June 23, 2013
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