Jammu April 08: Addressing a strong get-together of Talwara Migrants in Jammu Pradesh who were forced to migrate from their homes from different parts of Jammu, this afternoon, Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron, J&K National Panthers Party accused the State Govt. for ignoring the situation in which these migrants have been living in pain, misery and oppression since 2000. During the Kargil war these migrants were physically forced out of their homes and houses from the sensitive of areas of Jammu region and most of them were camping in Talwara (Reasi) since then.
The Govt. of J&K admitted that there was about 2200 families who migrated from sensitive areas of Jammu Pradesh. Unfortunately, the Govt. of India nor the Govt. of J&K ever provided these Jammu Migrants any social security or protection. Panthers Party has been fighting their case from the streets to the Supreme Court right from day one. Promises made by BJP, Congress and other ruling parties with the Jammu Migrants were ignored by the successive governments.
The Panthers Party started a battle in the High Court of J&K and finally landed before the Supreme Court. Prof.Bhim Singh has been providing them free legal aid till date.
The Govts. of India and J&K ignored the Jammu Migrants and did not care to implement the orders of the Supreme Court even. In a contempt petition in 2009 Supreme Court directed the High Court to take cognizance on the contempt petition filed by Panthers Party in connection with the implementation of the Supreme Court Order. The case was disposed off by the High Court of J&K directing the Govt. of India and the State to pay Rs.23 crores as arrears to the Jammu Migrants. The court had also directed the Govt. of India and the State to pay all the balance of payment which were standing arrears.
On the contempt application the Govt. of J&K and Govt. of India have paid only about Rs.11 crores whereas more than half of the money is yet to be paid. This is an another tragedy has been caused against the migrants that their ancestral lands in their respective villages have been given to the militants and some anti-social elements by the State. Not a single unemployed youth from these migrants has been provided any job whereas some of their houses in the villages which they left in 2000 because of the militants attack have been taken over by the Army without any compensation or rent. Prof.Bhim Singh addressing to the migrants, mostly the women in Talwara assured that he shall take up this legal battle in the Supreme Court again to ensure that justice is done and all the migrants with their families are compensated fully according to the orders and directions of the Supreme Court of India.