Demand liberation of POJK from Pakistan
New Delhi, Dec 24: A deputation of POJK displaced persons met Raj Nath Singh Union Home Minister at his residence in the National Capital of India. The delegation was led by S. Gurcharan Singh Rance, a veteran social activist hailing from POJK displaced persons community settled in Jammu. S. Gurcharan Singh congratulated the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister for releasing Rs 2000 crores as relief in favour of POJK displaced persons settled in Jammu and Kashmir.
He demanded for early sanctioning of Rs. 25 lakhs per POJK displaced family as final settlement of relief package, as had been recommended by the Joint Parliament Panel during year 2014.
The delegation demanded for start of annual Yatra of POJK displaced people hailing from Muzafarabad, Mirpur, Kotli, Bagh and Pulandri areas to ancient religious places like Sharda Peeth, Chatti Patshahi Gurudwara in Muzafarabad and Shivalya temple in Mirpur.
They also demanded for restoration of all such ancient religious places in POJK which are either damaged or encroached upon and management of all such hindu/ Sikh shrines should be got handed over to representatives of POJK displaced persons settled in Jammu.
Apart from this, a detailed memorandum was presented to the Home Minister Raj Nath Singh by S Prem Singh and Anuj Verma the POJK displaced persons leaders..
During the meeting, which lasted for around 15-minutes the delegates drew Home Minister’s attention towards the plight of dislocated persons from Pakistan, who have been living in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
Terming the meeting, a positive development, the delegates are hopeful that their demands will be fulfilled by the union government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It is for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that the dislocated persons from Jammu region have been given such high level audience in New Delhi,” the delegates said.
Stating that over two lakh such souls have been putting up in Jammu region, the delegates said each such family should be given a one-time relief of Rs 25 lakh and reservation in various educational institutions and jobs.
“We have been living in various parts of Jammu region and striving hard to live a respectable life. It is requested to please consider our long pending demands,” the memorandum said.
It was vehemently demanded by the delegation to liberate POJK from Pakistan and annex same area in India, as the same has been resolved by the Indian Parliament in the year 1994. Also, the delegates demanded for filling up of 24 seats in J&K Legislative Assembly which are kept reserved for POJK people by either elections or on nomination basis from amongst the POJK displaced persons settled in Jammu province till the POJK is liberated from clutches of Pakistan. The Home Minister gave a patient hearing and assured to take measures for sorting out all pending issues of POJK displaced persons. (KNS)