Bhim Singh to move Supreme court over issue of migrants
Jammu, Mar 31 (UNI) National Panthers Party (NPP) chief Prof Bhim Singh today said he would file a writ petition against the Jammu and Kashmir government in Supreme Court over the issue of alleged sale of children by the migrants of Talwara camp at Reasi in Udhampur district of Jammu region.
During question hour in the state Legislative Council, Prof Singh said, ''I am not satisfied with the reply of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister Hakim Yasin on the issue, hence have decided to move to the apex court against the government to earn justice for migrants.'' Earlier, Mr Yasin had termed the reports in media regarding sale of children as baseless while replying to a question raised by the NPP chief and said there was no such case as reported.
The Upper House witnessed heated exchanges between Prof Singh and the minister. The NPP chief alleged the government was giving false information to the House about the migrants. He also questioned the validity of the committee appointed to probe the alleged sale of children.
Later, talking to the media, Prof Singh said, ''I have forgiven the state government many times but now I am moving to New Delhi and file writ petition. I would request to apex court to appoint a Judge of Supreme Cpurt to probe into the selling of children.'' He said the state government has also been violating the directives of Jammu and Kashmir High Court since 2002. It had directed to the government to provide relief to the migrants of Jammu at par with Kashmiri migrants.
In reply to a question, Mr Yasin informed the House that 119 families from Doda district were registered out of which 87 families were paid cash and free ration. Thirty-two families were paid free ration only under the orders of High Court passed in various writ petitions. He said, the Deputy Commissioners of Doda, Udhampur, Rajouri and Poonch have registered 2,201 families comprising 11,884 people after approval of screening committee.
''The matter is subjudice before the Supreme Court. The governemnt had issued the order relief package for the border migrants and was extended to such other migrants whose status is not disputed.
Accordingly 119 families were registered and paid relief at par with Kashmiri migrants as directed by High Court,'' he informed.
He further said, the state government had also filed an appeal against the judgement of High court. Relief has been paid and distributed during the year 2003-04 in favopur of 348 local migrant families of Udhampur district putting up in Talwara Colony (Reasi) as per the scale sanctioned for border migrants for a period of six months, he added.
PDS minister said, similarly 119 families of Doda district are registered and are getting relief as per sanctioned scale of ration and case assistance at par with Kashmiri migrants. The migrants putting up at Talwara have been paid upto March 2004 and as soon as funds are made available by the central government relief will be given, he said.