POK refugees to protest before MPs residences

The refugees of POK will sit on dharna to protest against 2 MPs` alleged failure to take up their cause with the central and state governments.

Updated: Aug 09, 2012, 09:28 AM IST

Jammu: Demanding a compensation package for settlement of refugees in the Jammu region, the refugees of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) will sit on dharna to protest against two MPs` alleged failure to take up their cause with the central and state governments.

"The POK Refugee Front 1947, 1965 and 1971 will hold a protest dharna in front of the residences of MPs Madan Lal Sharma and Lal Singh on Thursday", POK Refugee Front, General Secretary Rachhpal Singh Chib told reporters here on Thursday.

"We demand a settlement package for the refugees and state government has already forward the package for us but the Centre has failed to approve it", he asserted.

The people of India and J-K are aware that the three Indo-Pak conflicts had directly affected the refugee families and they lost all their possessions, he said.

No comprehensive settlement package, including compensation for their lost property, loss of life, economic and political rights has ever been provided to these families, Chib claimed.

"A number of state and central official committees, working groups were constituted and All of them recommended comprehensive settlement package for these refugees", he said, adding, "but nothing was given to us".

Two MPs from Jammu province - Madan lal Sharma and Lal
Singh - have not taken any interest in solving the problems of the province as a whole and refugees in particular, he alleged.

The protests will force them to raise the issue with the Central and state government and also be raised in the current Monsoon Session of Parliament, he said.

Interlocutors deputed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also recommended an honourable settlement package for the POK refugees, Chib said.

With the basic and fundamental rights of the people of the region remaining unsolved the future of the youth of Jammu province would remain dark, Chib feared.