Jammu, Jan 10:
Over 11,000 families of non state subjects including the West Pakistani Refugees are settled in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, the government informed the Legislative Assembly here Monday.
In response to the question of independent MLA, Er Sheikh Abdur Rashid, about the number of non state subject families who are settled in the state, Revenue department revealed that besides large number of West Pakistani refugees many other families who are not the permanent residents of the state are settled mostly in the Jammu region.
The disclosure comes after protests in Kashmir over issuing of domicile certificates to non state subjects. The separatists and opposition parties have alleged that issuing domicile certificates to West Pakistan refuges is an attempt to change the demographic character of the state.
The government, however, reiterated that it has no plan to provide the rights of the permanent residents to the West Pakistan refugees, who have been recently issued identity certificates to enable them to get the jobs in Central government departments.
Among the non state subjects who are settled in the state, a large chunk is contributed by the West Pakistani refugees while in Ladakh there are also 1208 Tibetan refugee families, who are settled and have occupied the state land, the government revealed.
It stated that the Tibetan refugees and other non state subjects including the West Pakistan refugees are being provided different facilities including ration, electricity, water and road connectivity.
“While only two families are settled in the Kashmir, rest of the others are living in different areas of Jammu region. A family which has migrated from Haryana is living in Bandipora while another had migrated from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) in 1947 and is now settled in Baramulla,” the government disclosed.
Giving details about the non-state families settled in different parts of Jammu region, the government said in Jammu district the number of non state subject families was highest and stood at 5889 including 5457 families of West Pakistani refugees. “In Samba, 1612 families are settled at different places while 2396 including 2234 families are staying in Kathua and 67 others are settled in Kathua.”
The government, however, disclosed that unlike the families who have migrated from PaK during different India-Pakistan wars, the West Pakistani refugee families have not been provided any financial assistance or package.
However, all non permanent residents including the West Pakistani refugees are enjoying basic amenities like water, electricity and road, it stated.
With regard to granting of permanent resident certificates to the West Pakistan refugees, the government said no such proposal is under consideration of the government as of now.