BJP Alleges Kashmir Govt Did Not Give Compensation To 15 Lakh PoK Refugees

12 December 2014

Suchetgarh: Lambasting previous NC, PDP and Congress governments for their failure to grant compensation to over 15 lakh refugees from PoK in Jammu region, BJP on Friday said it is committed to address the problems of all categories of refugees in Jammu and Kashmir. 'Over 15 lakh refugees from Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoK) have still not received the compensation promised to them by successive governments (of NC, PDP and Congress)', Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh said. 'BJP is categorical in its stand to provide a special package for this category of refugees and reserve four out of 24 Assembly seats in lieu of the part of state under illegal Pak occupation', he said. Addressing a series of public meetings at Dindeykalan, Baas Pur Bangla and other places in RS Pura and Suchetgarh assembly constituencies here, Singh said BJP is committed to address the problems of all categories of refugees in Jammu and Kashmir and accused the National Conference (NC) and Congress of misleading people and spreading disinformation about BJP's stand on the issue. He said throughout last six decades even when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not in power, it has consistently struggled for the rights of refugees. Singh alleged the NC-Congress coalition in the state sought to play mischief by sending to the Centre a demand for a package for PoK refugees just when the model code of conduct was about to be imposed. 'If the National Conference-Congress government was genuinely sincere to address the problem of PoK refugees, why did it have to wait for six long years,' he asked. The truth is that the NC-led government never wanted to benefit these refugees because it did not consider them a part of their vote bank and therefore simply as a mere cosmetic gesture, it sent the request to the Centre at a time when the request could not have been fulfilled, he added. However, he emphasised, soon after the model code of conduct is over, the BJP-led Narendra Modi government at the Centre will follow-up on this issue in right earnest and with full sincerity.