J&K Governor urged to provide relief to the border migrants as per direction of SC

“The Supreme Court in writ petition no. 498/2001 filed by J&K National Panthers Party had directed the Govt. of India as well as the State government to provide immediate relief to the migrants forced to run away from their homes along international border during indiscriminate shelling from Pakistan side in 1999/2000. The Supreme Court had also fixed the scale that,

(a).   free Ration @9 kgs (7 Kgs atta and 2 kgs rice in Jammu Division and 7 kgs rice and 2 kgs atta in Kashmir Division) per person per month;

(b).   free Kerosene oil @10 liters per family per month;

(c).   cash amount @Rs.200/- per person per month;

(d).   free medical aid to all the displaced persons;

(e).   Rs.200/- per animal rearing family per month for fodder in those areas which have been mined as identified by respective Deputy Commissioners; and

(f).     free ration at sanctioned scale at the place of residence in case any of the migrants wish to return.”

Panthers Party Supremo urged Shri N.N. Vohra, the Governor of J&K today to remove the confusion created by bureaucracy on the quantum of relief. Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate of the Supreme Court also mentioned that the cash relief was raised later. He said that the Govt. of India was directed to provide tents to the shelter-less families. Rs.10 crores was ordered to be invested in this regard.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that keeping in view the weather conditions and temperature below zero it is essential to provide them reasonable bedding facilities, blankets etc. Prof.Bhim Singh also demanded immediate free medical treatment to all such migrants who have been forced to run away from their houses due to heavy shelling from across the border in the districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua etc. In his communication to Shri N.N. Vohra, Prof.Bhim Singh said that all the records pertaining to Supreme Court directions and orders are available with the Civil Secretariat/ Department of Law of Govt. of J&K. He also demanded that migrant families should be provided free residential plots in the safe zones as was agreed in the CMP signed by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Mufti Mohd. Sayeed and Prof.Bhim Singh in October 2002.