Srinagar: In a bizarre move authorities in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district have deprived 19 Muslim migrant families of aid and relief for the past 27 years. The families who were evicted by the administration in 1990 from their native village of Bore in Keran tehsil have alleged that the authorities have forgotten them since the day they were evicted from their native village.
“In 1990, government evicted us from our native place due to security reasons. In 1993 we were declared as ‘migrants’ and since then we are being deprived of the formal registration as migrants,” Sadam Hussain Mir, a resident of Bore village said.
He said that the documents lie with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner in Jammu and since then no step has been taken to execute the order.
Pertinently, the government in the year 1993 issued an order bearing number Rev (ER) 113 of 1993 to rehabilitate the migrants from the village. However, the protesters allege that no step was taken to implement the order.
“We are losing our identity. The government has not given us any compensation and we have not been rehabilitated,” Mir said.
He said that the government order which pertains to Kashmiri Pandith migrants is the same through which they were declared as migrants. He said that the issue was raised in the state Assembly also but due to red-tapism in the deputy commissioner’s office in Kupwara, the process has been halted and no progress is being allowed on the issue.
Mir alleged that a clerk in Kupwara District Administration ‘Relief Section’ has been misleading the top officials in this regard.
“The fact is that instead of we people, the relief is being given to those who were lately and illegally enlisted into the migrant list,” said Mir.
He added that the name of a former MLA and an ICDS official has also been illegally entered into the list of migrants.
“We have left our property there in our village worth crores of rupees and we are running from pillar to post but till now nothing has yielded any results for us,” said another protestor.
Earlier this year, the PDP-BJP government has started fresh registration of the people migrating from the Valley due to the threat and security issues following the 2016 Kashmir unrest.
As per the reports, over 110 people of the Muslim community have been registered as new migrants after ‘proper verification’ by a screening panel in February this year.