New Delhi, Aug 29: While on one hand the Government of India is planning to raise the issues relating to Balochistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the international stage, on the other hand, it is working on an extensive package for the refugees from these areas.
There are currently around 36,348 displaced families from PoK, Balochistan, Baltistan and Gilgit. Most of these persons are living in Jammu, Rajouri and Kathua. The government has already begun the process of identifying these families and proposes to compensate them with Rs 5.5 lakh each.
A final decision on this package will be taken by the Union Cabinet following which the Home Ministry would formally begin the process of disbursing the funds. Officials say that apart from the financial package for the refugees who relocated to India in 1947, 1965 and 1971, employment opportunities too was another option being looked into.
"We are looking at a comprehensive package for the refugees," a home ministry official said. Apart from this a financial package for Kashmir is also being worked out.
The government in a bid to bring sanity back to the Valley has also decided to create more employment for the youth in Kashmir. This is an issue that has been discussed several times in the past few weeks.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is likely to lead an all party delegation to Jammu and Kashmir on September 3 will raise this issue as well.