Talwara Migrants Want Relief At Par With Kashmiri Migrants

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KL Report

Jammu

Hundreds of Talwara Migrants, mostly children and women blocked highway connecting Reasi with Poonch at Talwara Bridge demanding implementation of Supreme Court judgment to provide them relief at par with Kashmiri migrants.

As per a statement by National Panthers Party (NPP), Talwara migrants have been demanding balance of Rs 21 crores arrears due to them between 2004 to 2007 as was admitted by the state government before the Supreme Court of India during the hearing of petition filed by the Panthers Party seeking relief to the Jammu migrants at par with Kashmiri migrants.

Prof Bhim Singh who joined the migrants in their road-blocked dharna expressed shock over the hostile attitude of the state government towards the Dogra migrants. He says that in spite of directions of the Supreme Court of India to settle the contempt petition against the state and the central governments the issue has not been decided in six years.

Prof Bhim Singh said that the government of J&K has been playing hide and seek with the orders of the Supreme Court rather has committed contempt of the Supreme Court yet the High Court could not take action on its own orders to provide relief to the Jammu migrants in 2009.

Prof Bhim Singh said, “The relief of Kashmiri migrants has been raised four times in twelve years where as the Jammu migrants have been paid the same relief which they were getting twelve year back. Kashmiri migrants have been provided housing facilities, jobs for their children and schooling for their kids where as no such a facility has been given to the Jammu migrants.” He said that J&K government was discriminating with the Jammu migrants only because they are Dogras or Hindus.

The migrants have further decided to sit on a protest in front of the High Court of J&K on April 7, 2013.

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