Cabinet approves monetary assistance for displaced of PoK

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved central assistance of Rs 2,000 crore for one time settlement of 36,384 displaced families from Pakistan occupied areas of Kashmir and Chhamb.

The decision follows announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development package for Jammu and Kashmir in November, 2015.

As per the package, Rs 5.5 lakh cash benefit per family will be disbursed to the displaced families to enable them to earn an income and subsist their livelihood, an release said.

The amount will be released to the state government to be disbursed to eligible families through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), it said.

The cabinet meeting was chaired by Modi.

In the aftermath of partition of the country in 1947, thousands of families from PoK migrated to Jammu and Kashmir. Subsequently, during Indo-Pak Wars of 1965 and 1971, a large number of families were displaced from Chhamb Niabat area of Jammu and Kashmir.

Series of relief and rehabilitation packages have been extended by the central and the state governments from time to time to mitigate the hardship of displaced persons.

–IANS

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