31,619 displaced families from AJK registered in India after 1947

Posted In: News Date:Feb 12th, 2020

NEW DELHI: Indian Minister of State for Home said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday that a total of 31,619 displaced families from Azad Jammu and Kashmir(AJK) got registered after 1947 and of them, 26,319 families settled in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), foreign media reported.

Kishan Reddy said 5,300 more families initially registered with the IOK but subsequently moved to other parts of the country. Further, during the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971, a total of 10,065 families registered as displaced families from Chhamb Niabat from across the border, he said in a written reply to a question.

Reddy said both the Centre and the IOK government have been providing several relief and rehabilitation packages from time to time to the displaced families of AJK and Chhamb. For the displaced families of 1947 which stayed in the IOK, the valley’s government had allotted agricultural land ranging from 4-8 acres per family.

Those who settled in urban areas were provided plots/ quarters besides cash ex-gratia of Indian Rs3,500 per family. For those families which did not get land allotted according to prescribed scales, cash compensation was sanctioned by government of India against land deficiency.

The minister said others were allotted land/ plot/ quarter as per fixed scale for their rehabilitation. The displaced families which did not settle in the IOK were paid an ex-gratia of Rs3,500 per family at the time of their registration.

For the displaced families of 1965 and 1971, agricultural land at the rate of 4 acres (irrigated) or 6 acres (un-irrigated) was allotted. A cash compensation of Rs3,000 per family for displaced families of 1965 and Rs7,500 per family for 1971 was also paid.

The families of 1965 which did not settle in camps set up by the government, were also paid Rs25,000 per family as ex-gratia later on. The entire process of rehabilitation of displaced families was overseen by Chhamb Displaced Persons Rehabilitation Authority (CDPRA), the Indian minister said.