August 2016 News

Refugees From PoK To Get Rs 2,000-crore Fund

28 August 2016
Deccan Chronicle
Rajnish Sharma

New Delhi: Amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi's overtures to people of PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, the government is all set to announce a Rs 2,000 crore package for displaced people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir living in the country. The home ministry is expected to place the details of the package before the Union Cabinet for approval soon, a senior official said. The government is also working on a two-pronged strategy in a bid to contain the damage caused by sustained turbulence in the Kashmir Valley by putting in place a slew of financial measures over the next few days that would not only target refugees from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) but also put development, with special focus on employment generation for the youth, on the fast track. In addition, the home ministry has also expedited the process of releasing the majority of funds as part of the whopping Rs 80,000 crore development package announced for the state by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. These issues, sources said, were also discussed at a high level security review meeting chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday along with BJP chief Amit Shah, finance minister Arun Jaitley and minister of state in PMO Jitendra Singh. The home ministry along with the J&K government is working out the details for a comprehensive proposal. As of now 36,348 displaced families from PoK, Gilgit and Baltistan have been identified for distribution.