Cabinet approves Rs 5.5 lakh package for displaced PoK families who settled outside J-K after Partition
The Union Cabinet has approved a one-time payment of Rs 5.5 lakh for the 5,300 displaced families which had come from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as a resettlement package for all the
In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the resettlement package for those PoK families who had settled in Jammu and Kashmir after the Partition on separate occasions.
“A historical wrong has been corrected by the government. The families which had come from PoK but had settled outside Jammu and Kashmir were left out of the package”, Mr. Javadekar said while briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
“By now 5,300 such families have been included in the resettlement package. The grant of Rs 2,000 crore was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2016 to provide enhanced financial aid to 36,384 families, who are mostly living in Jammu region after their displacement from PoK post-Independence”, he added.
According to MHA, the Jammu and Kashmir government will have a share of Rs 308 per family. Each of these families were to get around Rs 5.5 lakh as aid. Also, the money will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries, an senior government official said.