By Aqib Ahmad
JAMMU: There are over 11,000 non-permanent resident families including West Pak Refugees residing in Jammu and Kashmir, state government revealed on Monday.
Responding to a question by independent MLA Er Abdul Rashid about the number of non-state subject families residing in different parts of state from 1965, the minister of revenue said there 9403 West Pakistan Refugees families among 11,199 “non permanent resident” in the state.
Giving district-wise details about the WPR families, the minister said that there are 5457 families in Jammu district, 1612 in Samba and 2334 in Kathua district.
The minister also informed that there are 432 other non-permanent resident families in Jammu district, 62 in Kathua, 25 in Udhampur and 67 in Ramban. However it did not reveal their identity.
The minister said that there are 1208 Tibetan refugee families settled in Leh district on state land at various places namely Chokiamsar, Spttuk, Dongti, Anley, Koyal and Sumdo, Peila-Sasal (Mohlla) village Tangtse.
In Kashmir Valley, the minister said that there is one such family each in Baramulla and Bandipora.
“One family of Joginder Singh son of Buta Singh of Kapurthala Punjab married in 1970 with Inder Kour daughter of Kaka Singh has migrated from Muzaffarabad in 1947 and residing in Uri (Baramulla) since 1953,” the minister said.
He said a family, comprising four members, has been residing in Tehsil Sonwari since 1971. It had migrated from Kurkshetra, Haryana in 1971.
“The West Pakistani Refugee families and other persons who are residing in the State have not been provided any financial assistance or package. However all non-permanent residents including West Pakistani Refugees are enjoying basic amenities like water, electricity, road etc,” he said.
As regards grant of Permanent Resident Certificates, the minister said, “There is no such proposal with the Government under consideration.”