Center will deposit RS 2000 crore in the account of 36000 Hindu refugees who came from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, a senior home ministry official told on Saturday.
The compensation package was announced last year by Prime Minster and was cleared by home ministry in December.
Each PoK refugee would get Rs. 5.5 lakh in his or her bank account, and the Centre will bear the cost,” the official said
Violent protest have erupted in the y[valley over the issuance of domicile certificate to 19000 west Pakistani refugees most of whom are hindus but yet to receive voting rights and financial benifits.
Home ministry has sought the account details of proposed beneficiaries for transferring money directly to their accounts, instead of transferring to the state government.
The Mehbooba Mufti government has agreed to sanction Rs. 1.2 crore in the Rs. 2,000-crore package as the amount pledged by the Centre fell short by a few hundred rupees per person.
“This will largely cover PoK and Chhamb refugees,” said an official, adding that the move has also caused discontent among the refugees of West Pakistan who are yet to get the government’s attention.
“Since the PM has announced a package of Rs. 2,000 crore, we asked the State government to chip in as the benefit for each family was a little less than the Rs.5 lakh,” said an official