Nodal cell may be set up for West Pakistan refugees: Govt

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JAMMU: A nodal cell may be set up by the Centre to deal with various issues related to West Pakistan refugees, Union MinisterJitendra Singh said here today. 

During a meeting with the delegation of West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, Singh said both the Centre as well as Jammu and Kashmir government are committed to ensuring that West Pakistan Refugees get all the benefits and privileges which they have been denied over the last six decades. 

He said the government will also explore the feasibility of setting up an exclusive nodal cell or welfare board for dealing with issues related to refugees. 

The delegation was led by West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee’s President Labha Ram Gandhi and sought the minister’s intervention for redressal of their long-pending issues and grievances. 

Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, said that besides West Pakistan refugees, the state also has refugees from Pakistan-occupied Jammu & Kashmir, displaced Kashmiri Pandit community and refugees uprooted in the aftermath of Indo-Pak wars and terrorism. 

He said each of these groups of displaced people has its different set of peculiar grievances and requirements and the government is working on a plan to separately address the issues related to each of these groups.

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