West Pakistani Refugees No Longer Treated As Refugees: LG

Says UT Admin Will Ensure Ownership Rights Of Lands To WPRs On Directions Of Central Government

Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Monday that Article 370 & 35A had denied political rights & other benefits to West Pakistani Refugee families & prevented their scope of progression and upward mobility.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided them the rights enjoyed by other citizens of the country and they are no longer treated as refugees,” Sinha said.

He made these remarks while addressing a gathering on the inauguration of Special Governance Camp for WPR families at Chakroi, RS Pura, on Monday. The camp, Sinha said, aims to resolve grievances, verification of pending cases, awareness about various welfare & self employment schemes and placement drive with focus on eligible candidates from displaced families.

Sharing his administration’s resolve to extend the benefits of government schemes to their families, the LG said that the UT administration was working with dedication & commitment to realise the dreams of the community.

“It is a fresh dawn, which offers the people limitless possibilities and a new hope to the youth. We will ensure they become architects of J&K’s strong and prosperous tomorrow,” he said.

He also reiterated the government commitment to work for the larger interest of the displaced families

“Governance camp will act as an institutional structure to effectively resolve all the pending cases within a time frame and mitigate the problems of farmers. Our thrust will be on measures for economic & social development, social justice & equality,” Sinha said.

“Ownership rights of lands to West Pakistani Refugees will be ensured by the UT administration on the directions of the Central Government,” he added.

The LG assured every possible support and assistance from the government to the youth of West Pakistani refugee families in their entrepreneurial & business ventures. He also said all the opportunities for skill development and sports will be provided to the youth.

“Youth must come forward and avail the benefits of all schemes and programmes of Mission Youth,” he added.

On this occasion, Sinha distributed sanction letters to the beneficiaries of different Government Schemes. He also interacted with the representative of West Pakistan Refugees and assured appropriate redressal of their issues and demands.

The Camps for employment generation & grievance redressal will be organized at different districts till 10th May 2023. Earlier, the UT Administration has organized Special Governance Camps for Kashmiri Migrants and Displaced Persons of PoJK to ensure saturation of social security schemes, self-employment and skilling.

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