SAC approves scheme for disbursement of one-time cash relief to WPRs

SRINAGAR: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik gave its nod to the adoption and notification of the scheme for West Pakistani Refugees (WPRs), which includes mode of its execution & disbursement of financial assistance.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India in June, 2018 conveyed its approval to the proposal for providing one-time financial assistance amounting to Rs. 5.50 lakh per family to 5764 families of West Pakistan Refugees settled in J&K State.

The expenditure incurred on this scheme would be borne by Government of India. The amount of Rs. 5.50 lakh per family will be disbursed directly into their Bank Accounts based on the authentication by the State Government.

The Divisional Commissioner Jammu has been designated as Nodal Officer for the smooth implementation of the scheme after proper verification of families of West Pakistan Refugees.

The Scheme shall be executed through Deputy Commissioners (DCs), who for this purpose shall be declared as ‘Designated Authority’ in the district. There shall be a Designated Committee comprising DC as chairman and Assistant Commissioner Revenue, SDM, Tehsildar concerned and any other member(s) to be co-opted by the Committee. The WPRs shall be asked to produce requisite documents to establish their claim as West Pakistani Displaced Persons of 1947 or soon thereafter.

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