New Delhi: Approximately 5,300 families of Jammu and Kashmir that are recorded in the displaced persons list of the state are now entitled to get around Rs 5.5 lakh as compensation that was approved by the Union Cabinet under the Prime Minister’s Development Package on October 9.
“DP families of Jammu & Kashmir-1947 who initially opted to move outside the State of Jammu & Kashmir but later on returned and settled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, in the Rehabilitation Package approved by the Cabinet on 30.11.2016 for Displaced Families PoJK and Chhamb under the PM’s Development Package 2015 for Jammu & Kashmir,” Javadekar said here at the Cabinet briefing.
“Since the families had settled in states other than Jammu and Kashmir their names were not on the List of Displaced Persons, Javadekar said, before adding that the government was correcting a historical wrong and ensuring that these families receive benefits. The families number around 5,300.”
The approval will enable such DP families to become eligible to get one-time financial assistance of Rs 5.5 Lakhs under the existing scheme, and in turn, be able to get some sustained income which the existing scheme is aimed at.
Inclusion of those DP families out of 5,300 DP families of PoJK 1947 who have returned and settled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir in the existing scheme, who have suffered on account of wars and hostilities, will enable them to earn a reasonable monthly income and be part of mainstream economic activities. This will also upgrade the Government’s capacity to respond effectively to such DP families need financial assistance. The requirement of funds will be met out of the already sanctioned funds for the existing scheme.