Modi Govt Wants Rs 2,000 Cr Resettlement Fund For PoK Migrants

This resettlement fund will impact over 36000 families who migrated to India from PoK.

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A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is all set to move a proposal before the cabinet to release Rs 2,000 crores for refugees from PoK settled in Jammu and Kashmir, reports The Economic Times.

Speaking from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day, PM Modi on Monday alluded to human rights abuses in Balochistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), signalling a change of posture in India’s method of dealing with its neighbour on the Kashmir issue.

However, as it appears, Modi’s speech was not made in isolation as the government now plans to raise the rhetoric to a whole new level.

The government not only wants to expedite the release of financial package announced by PM Modi for Kashmir but also aims to bring forward alleged atrocities committed by Pakistan in PoK leading to displacement of so many families.
Senior government official to The Economic Times

Compensation for Families Who Migrated to India Before 1971

Prime Minister Modi, after an all party meeting to discuss the Kashmir issue on 12 August, drew up plans for this one time settlement which will impact over 36000 families who migrated to India following the wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971.

The report adds that the government has directed Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to get in touch with expats from PoK, Gilgit and Balochistan in this regard.

According to officials, the release of Rs 2,000 crore as “resettlement fund” for PoK migrants will be approved by the Modi government after consultation with the PDP government.

The proposed fund however will not cover migrants from West-Pakistan, a move that is sure to leave many unhappy.

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