Govt starts issuing domicile certificates to refugees of West PAK
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has finally started issuing domicile certificates to West Pakistan Refugees (WPR), meeting their demands after decades of controversy over the matter.
“Following the orders of Government of India (GoI), the state government has authorized Naib-Tehsildars to issue domicile certificates to the West Pak Refugees in which it is mentioned that they came from Pakistan and at present they reside in JK at such and such address,” sources informed Greater Kashmir.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, DrPawanKotwal, told Greater Kashmir that the refugees were facing problems while applying for central government jobs.
“The Government of India (GoI) found a way out and issued an order to the state government to issue certificates to the West Pak Refugees with a specific format mentioning that they reside in Jammu and Kashmir,” Dr Kotwal said.
He, however, said that this was not a Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) but just an authentication that the West Pak Refugees reside in Jammu and Kashmir.
The BJP, which stands for citizenship and voting rights to these refugees, claimed that this is just the beginning and all the genuine issues of the refugees including citizenship and voting rights will be resolved stage by stage on humanitarian grounds.
During campaigning of LokSabha elections, Prime Minister NarendraModi in a rally at Hira Nagar, Jammu, had advocated for resolving issues of West Pak Refugees on humanitarian grounds including citizenship and voting rights.
“It has been done for the livelihood of the refugees,” BJP State President Sat Sharma said, adding, “The party is vigorously pursuing all the genuine issues of West Pak Refugees including citizenship rights which would be resolved stage by stage.”