Bhim Singh’s first letter to PM on the plight of Jammu Migrants

It is my pleasure to write to the Prime Minister of India whom I met first at the UN Debating Hall, may be in 1993. You have been promising to rehabilitate all Kashmiri Pandit Migrants who were dislodged in 1990 from Kashmir. This is a welcome step to ensure the Kashmiri Pandits are resettled/rehabilitated back in their homes in the Valley with security, safety and dignity.

I wonder if you have an accurate information about the Jammu Migrants who hailed from Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Udhampur, Reasi Districts. They were terrified, many of them were brutally gunned down in the hilly areas of Jammu Pradesh during the militancy period. In 1999 during the Kargil war several Hindu Migrants were forced to flee their homes and take shelter around Udhampur, Kathua and Jammu. The tragedy was that the Congress and the Kashmiri leaders from the Valley never cared for the plight of Jammu Migrants rather treated them as state enemies, which is evident from the record.

The Panthers Party has been agitating for the rehabilitation of the Jammu Migrants, most of them were forcibly settled by the Panthers Party in Talwara, Reasi. The party filed a writ petition in the High Court which directed the Union and State governments to provide relief (cash and kind) to the Jammu Migrants at par with Kashmiri Migrants. The Govt. of J&K filed appeal in the Supreme Court which was dismissed in July, 2006. The Supreme Court directed the Union and State governments to provide relief along with arrears (amounting to Rs.21 crores) without delay. The Govt. of J&K admitted that there were 2201 families who had left their homes and taken shelter in the safe places.

The Govt. of India as well as the Govt. of J&K never fixed I-cards for the Jammu Migrants nor cleared the arrears. The Jammu Migrants were treated shabbily, put in jails, arrested and humiliated by the State government. The Union & State governments is facing contempt petition in the High Court of J&K as the Supreme Court of India had referred this contempt petition to the High Court. The Relief Commissioner has been working as a tool in the hands of Kashmiri rulers supported and abetted by the Congress party and therefore the State government has forced the poor Jammu Migrants to migrate to different places in Jammu and the adjoining states as daily labourers.

I have learnt from the media that you are visiting J&K on 4th July, 2014.

May it be convenient for Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India to intervene in the matter which has been examined by several parliamentary committees headed by Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister for External Affairs Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, MP. This is a tragedy that the present government headed by Shri Narendra Modi has not even once mentioned the plight of Jammu Migrants who also deserved to be rehabilitated as your government is committed for the rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Migrants. I feel that you have also political and moral responsibility towards Jammu Migrants who have voted your party in Jammu Pradesh.

There is another tragedy that the Govt. of India headed by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee raised the quantum of monthly relief both in cash and kind for the Kashmiri Pandit Migrants ignoring the Jammu Migrants to please the Kashmir centric political parties which have remained biased against the people of Jammu Pradesh since 1947. Besides your government has not cared to consider the plight of the Dogra/Rajput Migrants from Kashmir Valley who were uprooted also in 1990. Neither the Govt. of J&K nor your government, it seems, has any sympathy for the Dogra/Rajput Migrants from Kashmir Valley. They also deserve to be rehabilitated back in their homes in the Valley.

The Union of India and the Congress leadership has been providing several concessions and facilities to the unemployed Kashmiri Pandits youth including special admissions in the professional colleges which was highly commendable work. May I know why the same facilities or concessions have not been provided to the Dogra/Rajput Migrants of Kashmir. No such facility was provided to the Jammu Migrants. On the other hand 40 unemployed migrant youth of Jammu residing in Talwara (Reasi) were thrown out of the job as mere SPOs (Special Police Officers) working on temporary basis for Rs.3000/- a month. There is no schooling, health care, job facilities for the Jammu Migrants.

I hope and trust that this letter may reach the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Expecting your intervention