Sadhotra assails double-engine government for betraying PoJK refugees

JAMMU MARCH 08 (KNS):  Former minister and senior National Conference leader Mr Ajay Kumar Sadhotra today lashed out at the so-called double engine government for creating hype over one and every issue but showing backs when it comes to implementation, especially in places like sensitive Jammu and Kashmir.

According to a statement issued to KNS, reads that while reacting to lavish commitments made by Lieutenant Governor Mr Manoj Sinha for
welfare of the Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) refugees during an event here the other day, Mr Sadhotra said they have got just the peanuts of what the
National Conference led government under Mr Omar Abdullah as Chief Minister had recommended to the Centre as one-time settlement package. He recalled the cabinet decision of October 2014 in which the NC government had recommended a package involving Rs 9025 crore for the refugees of 1947, 1965 and 1971 from the PoJK.

 As per the package Rs 25 lakh each had been envisaged as a one-time settlement while provision had also been made for such families living outside Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

Mr Sadhotra said this was the time when the BJP top brass from across the country
was promising Rs 40 lakhs to each family during the campaign for the Legislative
Assembly elections. Now that the double engine government is in place at the Centre since 2014, where have those promises vanished, he asked, saying instead of approving the NC government’s package, the BJP led NDA earmarked little over Rs 2000 crore for the purpose. This is a cruel joke, like salt to the injuries of the refugees,bhe added.Click Here To Follow Our WhatsApp Channel

“By acknowledging that one time central assistance has been provided to only 33,600 PoJK refugee families, the administration has admitted its failure in providing respite to them”, Mr Sadhotra said in a statement and urged both the Centre and the J&K administration to take cognizance of the recommendations made by the NC led government and sanction Rs 25 lakhs each to the refugee family. They even deserve 10 years interest on the envisaged package formulated and recommended by democratically elected representative government, he maintained.

Mr Sadhotra also pleaded for bringing over 5,300 displaced families from the PoJK settled outside Jammu and Kashmir, saying this will be the least the government can do for these hapless people. He hoped the government will also walk the talk by initiating the process for recognizing the refugee colonies alongside similarly placed other colonies across Jammu and Kashmir.

He also hoped that the BJP governed Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir
administration will put a halt to vendetta and discriminatory politics and show little
concern for the plight of the people, who have been pushed to the wall by pursuing an anti-poor agenda. The people are now seeing through the nefarious divisive and
exploitative politics of the BJP and the day is not far when they will punish all those working against the legitimate interests of the common man through their power of
ballot, Mr Sadhotra said. (KNS) 

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