New Delhi: The central government on Wednesday approved a resettlement package for about 5300 displaced families which had come from PoK initially settled outside Jammu and Kashmir and later relocated to the state. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.
The families will get a one-time financial assistance of Rs 5.5 lakh under the existing scheme, and in turn, be able to get some sustained income, an official statement said.
The cabinet approved the inclusion of the families from Jammu and Kashmir which were displaced in 1947 and had initially moved out of the state but later on returned and settled there in the Centre’s rehabilitation package. These families were left out of the package approved by the Cabinet on November 30, 2016 for displaced families of Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb under the PM’s Development Package 2015 for Jammu and Kashmir.
The displaced 5,300 families of PoJK who initially move out of Jammu and Kashmir suffered on account of wars ad hostilities and the resettlement package will enable them to earn a reasonable monthly income and be part of mainstream economic activities, the statement said.