Rs. 2000 crore package for POK refugees

The government is all set to announce an Rs 2,000 crore package for displaced people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) living in the country.

The home ministry is expected to place the details before the cabinet for approval soon, say news reports.

36,348 families were already identified for the package.A� Each family will get around Rs 5.5 lakh.

The refugees , mostly from PoK, got settled in Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. However, they are not permanent residents under the terms of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. They can vote in Lok Sabha polls, but not in the assembly elections.

Some of the families were displaced during partition in 1947, and others during the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had for the first time talked about the plight of people of PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan at an all-party meeting on August 12.

A�He again referred to the three regions, three days later, in his Independence Day speech.

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