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Migrant families forced to sell their children: NPP MLA

Written by: Staff

Jammu, Mar 27: The migrant families in Jammu region, who left their homes due to the threat of militant outfits, are facing adverse conditions and forced to sell their children due to poverty, alleged the National Panthers Party MLA Balwant Singh Mankotia in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today.

Raising the issue through call attention notice in the Assembly, Mr Mankotia accused the government of neglecting this core issue of migrants from Jammu region.

Mr Mankotia said in the lower house that the state government was not taking the matter seriously and the people, who left their homes and property in Udhampur, Doda, Rajouri and Poonch districts, were not getting any help from the state and facing hardships.

He said the migrants did not have any source of income and due to poverty, they were compelled to mortgage or sell their children.

Mr Mankotia alleged that the migrant families living in Talwada area of Jammu were selling their children for money. Savitri (15), daughter of Ram Chandra hailing from Mahore and living at Talwad, Salochana (13), daughter of Sitaram (Demakot), Priya (16), daughter of Pyare Singh (Aurabar), her sister Jyoti(12), Vidyadevi, daughter of Kishan Singh, Jyotidevi (10), daughter of Kishan (Pelhar), Kalidevi (12), daughter of Balak Ram, Chakar Singh (14), son of Harnam Singh, Pushpindar (14) and his brother Pawan (12), son of Deelip Singh, Sanjay Kumar (14), his brother Rameshchandra (11), son of Hari Ram and Rama Singh (14), son of Dhani Ram had been allegedly sold for money and were working at the houses where they were sold.

Not satisfied by the reply of Minister for Youth Services and Sports Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, the NPP MLA staged walkout from the Lower House.

Earlier in his reply, Mr Peerzada told the Assembly that the Relief Organisation (Migrant), Jammu, following various High Court directions had registered 119 families of Doda district as migrant, of which 32 families were being provided free ration whereas 87 families were being provided ration as well as cash assistance.

In Doda, Udhampur, Rajouri and Poonch districts, 2201 families comprising of 11884 souls had been registered by the respective district administrations after the approval of concerned screening committee, he added.

The Minister said relief was disbursed during 2003-04 in favour of 348 local migrant families of Udhampur which were putting up in Talwada colony (Reasi) as per scale sanctioned for border migrants for a period of six months.

''Similarly, 119 families of Doda district, registered with Relief Commissioner (Migrant), Jammu, are being paid ration and cash assistance at par with Kashmiri migrants,'' he replied.

But Mr Mankotia was not convinced by the reply of the Minister.

He said the approach of state government was inhumanitarian. The government was also violating the directives of the Supreme Court and Jammu and Kashmir High Court, he alleged and walked out.


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