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5000 displaced families in Cabinet list for J&K grant 

Over 5000 displaced families, most of them from Pak-occupied territories, are set to get a Rs 5.5 Lakh grant from the Centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Cabinet has decided to include 5300 families to the list. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “A historical wrong has been corrected.”

He said that these had initially opted to move outside of Jammu and Kashmir but later on returned and settled there. The people were not included in the rehabilitation package approved by the Cabinet on November 30, 2016 for displaced families from PoJK and Chhamb under the PM’s Development Package 2015 for Jammu & Kashmir. An official statement said the approval will enable such displaced families to become eligible to get one-time financial assistance of Rs 5.5 Lakh under the existing scheme, and in turn, be able to get some sustained income which the existing scheme is aimed at.

It added that in the wake of the 1947 Pakistani aggression in J&K, 31,619 families migrated from Pakistan Occupied Areas of J&K to the state of J&K. Of these, 26,319 families settled in the state of J&K and 5300 families initially opted to move out of the state of J&K to other parts of the country. 10,065 more families were displaced from Chhamb-Niabat area during the Indo-Pak wars of 1964 and 1971. Of these, 3500 families were displaced during the 1965 war and 6565 families were displaced during the 1971 war.

26,319 families of these settled in J&K and 5300 families initially opted to move out of the state of J&K to other parts of the country.

The statement said now families out of the 5300 will be included in the package. Inclusion of the people, who have suffered on account of wars and hostilities, will help them earn a reasonable monthly income and be part of mainstream economic activities.

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