After depriving PoK refugees of 1947, 1965 and 1971 of their rights and privileges while remaining at the helm of affairs for several decades National Conference is geared up to address their grievances by way of urging the govt to set up of a Refugee Board for their welfare.
National Conference Provincial President Devendra Singh Rana Wednesday met a delegation of POK refugees at his residence and assured them the govt would be urged to set up a Refugee Board for refugees who were displaced from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 1947, 1965 and 1971 on the analogy of Boards for Welfare of Kissans, SC/ST and other segments of society.
Rana also pleaded for one time mega package for PoK Refugees while saying that National Conference is committed to addressing to their grievances.
“The Chief Minister has been pursuing the matter with the Centre and recently he took up these issues with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during his visit to Srinagar”, Mr Rana said and hoped that Mr Omar Abdullah will consider constitution of a Board for the welfare of POK refugees, which will go a long way in assuaging their aspirations.
The delegation led by Capt Yudhvir Singh Chib met the Provincial President here this morning.
Mr Rana said the demands of the refugees were genuine and these need to be redressed on immediate basis. He said that apart from the Chief Minister, a high level National Conference delegation also took up the matter with the Prime Minister and high level team accompanying him.
“National Conference has been advocating on every fora the issues of PoK refugees, which deserve a humanistic consideration”, he said, adding that his party will do whatever is necessary to mitigate their problems.
Reiterating the commitment of National Conference to the vision of a vibrant, progressive and united Jammu and Kashmir, the Provincial President said these distinct characteristics have to be guarded at all costs. He pledged that his party will stand like a solid rock to safeguard the interests of all the segments of society.