Jammu/Talwara Migrants launching movement for return & rehabilitation on 18th April from Raj Bhawan, Jammu

The Action Committee of Jammu/Talwara Migrants in its Executive Meeting held this afternoon declared that the Jammu Migrants shall launch their action plan on 18th April, 2015 with a dharna at Raj Bhawan, Jammu seeking similar relief for their return and rehabilitation to their native villages at par with the Kashmiri Pundit Migrants. They have expressed their desire to return to their native villages provided government of India provide them same facility to rebuild their houses in their native villages from where they were thrown out by the militants in 1998/onwards.

This was announced by Ms. Anita Thakur, General Secretary-JKNPP, Incharge, Jammu Migrants Affairs and Chairman, Jammu/Talwara Migrants Committee at a press conference in Jammu Press Club. They refused to disclose the next step after 18th to achieve their demands. However, they condemned the BJP for selling the votes of the people of Jammu to the Kashmiri leaders and even sacrificing the interest of the migrants of Jammu who have been living in rags and poverty for more than 15 years.

Jammu migrants ‘outrage’ against the Modi-Mufti Sarkar

The following is the statement made by Ms. Anita Thakur, State General Secretary JKNPP, Incharge Jammu Migrants Affairs and Chairman, Talwara Migrants Action Committee Mr. Balwan Singh in a Press conference in Jammu Press Club today 11th April, 2015.

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“More than 2000 Migrant families has admitted by the state government on the floor of the Assembly have been completely ignored, discriminated with, completely forgotten and treated like wretched of earth by the Central and State Governments”.

We feel grateful to Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of Jammu Migrants Committee for taking up Migrants struggle for justice and equity from the streets, to the floors of the Legislature and to the Supreme Court.  We also express our gratitude for Panthers Party veteran leaders Late Shri Kamal Goria for winning the first writ petition for Jammu migrants in the High Court which was opposed by the State Government through appeal in the Supreme Court.  The J&K High Court had held that Jammu migrants should be given all relief to the Jammu migrants at par with the Kashmiri migrants. Prof. Bhim Singh fought against J&K Government for six year in the Supreme Court and the SC accepted Bhim Singh’s arguments and dismissed  J&K Government appeal directing further to pay all arrears amounting to 21 crores to the Jammu migrants, most of them camping in Talwara (Reasi).  This order came in July 2006.

This is the tragedy that the Congress led Government by Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad and the Central Government completely ignored the SC judegment.  Migrants march to Delhi seeking implementation of Supreme Court ordered was foiled by Mr. Ghulam Nabi led government and hundreds of Talwara Migrants including old, women and children were brutally attacked by the police under the instructions of DGP police Mr. Kuldeep Khoda on the instructions of Congress-PDP government on 7th August, 2007 on the main Reasi-Jammu road near Katra. The three senior leaders of the Panthers party leading peaceful procession were assaulted, beaten and dragged to police custody.  They included Ms. Anita Thakur, H.C Jalmeria Advocate and P.K Ganju (Sr. Journalist), Mr. Balwan Singh, Chairman Talwara Committee, Jagdev Singh Vice-Chairman and others. The Supreme Court of India admitted a writ petition by JKNPP leaders, which is pending for final hearing in the Supreme Court. Hundreds of migrants were beaten and assaulted. Many migrant families were forced to sell their children to the strangers just for saving the rest of their families.

In 1984 BJP Government in Delhi raised relief for Kashmiri Pundits migrants from Rs. 400 to 1000 (per person per month), 1600 to 4000 (per family per month) where as Jammu migrants were completely kept out of this package.

The Central and the State Governments released a special package for Kashmir Migrants for their rehabilitation in Kashmir Valley with sanctions of full expenses of their new houses and exclusive Kashmir Migrants Colony in Kashmir Valley. The Jammu migrants were ignored again though they were persuaded by Prof. Bhim Singh to return to their homes and resettle on their own land in their native villages in the districts of Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda and other places. The Government of India and Government of J&K State refused even to provide them financial assistance to rebuild their houses which were destroyed by terrorists during terrorists’ attacks against them from 1998 to 2002.

On the appeal by the Panthers Party the Parliament constituted a Parliamentary Committee where Mrs. Sushma Swaraj (at present foreign minister of India), Mr. Venkiah Naidu (at present Union Minister, Parliamentary Affairs) and several others were Members of the Committee. This committee also accepted Panthers Party recommendations for the rehabilitation of Jammu and Talwara Migrants. Nothing happened till this day.

There is another tragedy that a contempt case in the Supreme Court against the Central & State governments filed by JKNPP was referred to the Chief Justice of J&K High Court in 2007. The High Court of J&K directed the Union and State Governments to clear all dues (arrears) of the Jammu migrants and provide relief at par with Kashmiri migrants. This order has not been implemented in six years and the case never came for hearing for more than two years in spite of several mentionings before the Court.

The Panthers Party with the Talwara Migrants shall hold one day dharna in front of Raj Bhawan, Jammu. It shall announce its action plan, “do or die” for justice to all Jammu migrants and for a special package to Jammu and Talwara Migrants also at par with Kashmiri Migrants for their rehabilitation in their native villages. The Jammu (Talwara) migrants do not ask for separate home land as they are committed to uphold the dignity and values of their centuries old composite culture and mutual co-existence. They have every right to get similar package for their rehabilitation on their own land. We also appeal all the political parties, Legislators to standby Jammu and Talwara Migrants in the interest of justice and equity”.

 

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Ms Anita Thakur                                                                                          Balwan Singh

General Secretary/                                                                                        Chairman (TMAC)

Incharge Jammu Migrants                             

 

NB: 1. J&K Govt. did not care even to mention the name, number of Jammu migrant families living in different places and in Talwara. What happened to Jammu Migrants.

  1. There is no mentioning of Jammu Migrant families in the common CMP of alliance partner, BJP-PDP.
  2. There are about 62,000 registered Kashmiri Migrant families, scattered all over the country including in Jammu. On the other hand there are 2200 Jammu Migrant families from Doda, Udhampur, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Kishtwar, Udhampur and other places as admitted by the State government on the floor of the Legislative Council.
  3. The financial package for Kashmir Migrant families include all expenses to build/rebuild the new colonies/houses for Kashmiri Pundit Migrants with continuation of relief in cash and kind for five years (minimum). There is no such relief package for Jammu Migrants.

 

 

 

Kashmiri Migrants get another package

3000 jobs for Kashmiri Migrants in J&K

 

Nothing for Jammu Migrants

 

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday approved 3,000 supernumerary posts to Kashmiri Pandit migrants under the Prime Minister’s package in the Valley.

 

“The state government has approved 3,000 supernumerary posts for KP migrants under PM’s Package in Valley,” a senior officer of the state government said. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari on Tuesday held extensive discussions on relief and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants.

 

In this regard, Bukhari directed the Relief Commissioner to collect data of migrant unemployed youth who are registered as Kashmiri migrants in Jammu or outside the state besides enjoining the youth to submit their details within a period of 20 days. While taking stock of the relief and rehabilitation measures for Kashmiri migrants, the minister directed the reconstitution of the Apex Advisory Committee (AAC), an apex body of representatives of Kashmiri migrants, who migrated from the Valley.

 

“Creation of 3,000 supernumerary posts for providing employment to migrant youth in the Valley under PM’s package for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants was also decided in the meeting,” he said. It was informed in the meeting that presently 18,589 families are drawing relief of the 41,117 migrant families. District wise, Srinagar has the maximum number of migrant families at 13,491 followed by Anantnag which has 9,291.

 

During 2014-15, an amount of Rs 127.28 crore has been incurred on cash assistance, food grains, building infrastructure facilities in camps and on civic action programme for migrant families. The facilities and living conditions in various camps including Purkhoo, Muthi, Nagrota and Jagiti were also informed in the meeting.

 

The minister said that he would carry out on spot inspection of these camps in due course of time to have a first-hand experience of the living conditions. In order to address various issues of the migrant families, the minister directed the Secretary Revenue for constitution of a grievance cell in the office of Additional Secretary Revenue.

 

NB:      1. J&K Govt. did not care even to mention the name, number of Jammu migrant  living in different places and in Talwara. What happened to Jammu Migrants.

 

  1. There is no mentioning of Jammu Migrant families in the common CMP of alliance partner, BJP-PDP.