PM Modi provided rights to WPRs after revoking Art 370: LG

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday inaugurated the Special Governance Camp for West Pakistani Refugee families here at Chakroi, Ranbir Singh Pura.

Addressing a large gathering, the Lt Governor said the special Governance Camp aims to resolve grievances, verification of pending cases, awareness about various welfare and self employment schemes and placement drive with focus on eligible candidates from displaced families.

“Article 370 and 35A had denied political rights and other benefits to West Pakistani Refugee families and 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,” the Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor shared the UT Administration’s resolve to extend the benefits of government schemes to their families.

“The government is working with dedication and 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,” added the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor 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 and social development, social justice & equality,” observed the Lt Governor.

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

The Lt Governor further assured every possible support and assistance from the government to the youth of West Pakistani refugee families in their entrepreneurial and 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.

The Lt Governor 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 and grievance redressal will be organized at different districts till May 10, 2023.

Earlier, the UT Administration organised Special Governance Camps for Kashmiri Migrants and Displaced Persons of PoJK to ensure saturation of social security schemes, self-employment and skilling.

Bharat Bhushan, Chairperson DDC Jammu; Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Labba Ram Gandhi, President WPR Association; members of West Pakistani Refugee families, Senior Officers of UT administration were present on the occasion.


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