Govt should have reserved 8 seats for PoJK DPs: Chuni
Jammu Links News12/8/2023

JAMMU: SOS International-an organization for PoJK Displaced Persons (DPs) has strongly opposed the decision of the Union Government to reserve a seat for the displaced PoJK people, saying it has "humiliated" and "insulted" the entire community having a population of 17 lakhs.

Addressing a press conference along with other senior members of the organization here, Chuni made a fervent appeal to the Centre to reconsider their three major demands including reservation of eight seats in J&K Legislative Assembly and grant of ST status to all the people of PoJK community. He cautioned that DPs would be compelled to launch a vigorous movement before Lok Sabha polls in case its demands are not met.

Chuni said on Wednesday, the Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to nominate two members from the Kashmiri migrant community including a woman and one representing the displaced persons from PoJK to the UT Legislative Assembly.

"The Lok Sabha passed the Bill and the PoJK DPs, who had been demanding eight seats in J&K Legislative Assembly since decades and strongly recommended by various Commissions and Committees over the years, have been given just one seat which is a cruel joke, a big humiliation and insult to them. The decision has rubbed salt into the wounds of PoJK people," the SOS International Chairman said.

Chuni expressed dismay that the PoJK community was denied their legitimate rights in the Parliament despite that a number of recommendations were made in their favour. He demanded that the Government should in principle fulfill the package announced for PoJK refugees before the formation of the BJP-led Government at the Centre in 2014. "The package announced for PoJK DPs included Rs 25 lakh compensation for each PoJK community family, reservation in professional and technical colleges of the country for our youths and a provision of creation of 8500 jobs for the youths belonging to PoJK community," Chuni said.

The DP leader said the entire community was angry and hurt with this decision and made an appeal to the Centre to reconsider three major demands of the community including reservation of eight seats in J&K assembly, fulfillment of all components of the package announced for PoJK refugees and ST status to PoJK community without any disparity. Chuni was accompanied by DP leaders Prof NN Sharma, VK Datta, Amarjeet Singh, Ved Raj Bali and others.



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