Jammu, Aug 24: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir today expressed concern for illegal settlement of Rohingyas asserting that even locals opposed it.
“The settlement of Rohingyas in Jammu has become a cause of concern for them. Detailed discussion is held with authorities concerned to ascertain total number of Rohingyas in Jammu,” he told reporters here this afternoon after visiting border area in Samba district.
“Their activities should be monitored. We need to know the business they do, and their source of earning also be noticed,” said the Union Minister and stressed that they should live in peace till further action.
He also asked police to keep watch on their activities so that they should not indulge in criminal acts.
The Union Minister however, pulled up Jammu and Kashmir Government for delaying process of acquiring land for the construction of over 6000 residential houses in Kashmir for Kashmiri migrants.
“Over 6000 transit houses are to be constructed for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits but the process of land acquisition was going on snail pace,” he added.
Ahir said that the Government of India had given Rs 115 Crore for land acquisition but no land was acquired.
“If land is not available the scheme can be completed by acquiring the land of KPs in Kashmir who left behind their orchards and houses to complete the process of construction of over 6000 houses for them in Valley,” he suggested.
He further said that the Centre had announced to provide 3000 employment to the Kashmiri Pandits but it could not be done properly.
“The Prime Minister had announced Rs 1080 Cr package for KPs. We have asked the authorities to issue notification in ten days so that we can provide justice as well as employment to them,” he added.
The Union Minister said that the Centre has also decided to increase monthly remuneration of Rs 2500 per member of the family to those who migrated from Hilly areas of Jammu.
On West Pakistan Refugees he said that Jammu and Kashmir Government has been asked to speed up preparation of identity certificates for the children of 5764 families of West Pak Refugees.
Earlier in the morning the Union Minister emphasized expeditious disbursement of relief among the displaced persons under one-time settlement package besides speedy construction of transit accommodation for Kashmiri migrants and providing employment opportunities to the migrant youth.
He was speaking during a meeting held to review the implementation of Prime Minister’s Development Package for Rehabilitation of displaced Persons of PoJK 1947 and Chhamb displaced persons of 1965 and 1971.
He was informed in the meeting that Rs 2000 crore is to be disbursed to 36384 families from the said groups of displaced persons which was sanctioned by the Prime Minister for one time settlement for their rehabilitation.
The Minster was further informed that there are four designated authorities in the state including Deputy Commissioners of Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Custodian (Ex-Officio PRO), Jammu for the submission of cases.
The Union Minister directed the officers to properly scrutinize the cases and upload on the official website on daily basis. He directed to complete the formalities on war footing and send the cases to the Government so that beneficiaries get the first instalment under the Prime Minister’s relief package.
Ahir accompanied by police and civil administration also visited International Border at Ramgarh in Samba and took stock of the situation along the Indo-Pak border.
He interacted with the officers of Border Security Force and lauded their role in protecting the border. He expressed good wishes for jawans and said borders of the country were safe in their hands.
He further apprised them that “the government recognizes their contribution towards national security and is always eager to address their concerns”.
The Union Minister informed the officers about the latest technology gadgets and equipment being inducted in BSF.
The villagers informed the Minister about various local issues including construction of permanent individual bunkers, increase in compensation to persons killed in cross border firing, compensation to the farmers who have land across the fencing etc.
He assured that their genuine demands would be taken up for consideration at the earliest.
The Union Minister also paid obeisance at the shrine of Baba Chamliyal.