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Apni Party holds one day hunger strike in support of Refugees


Jammu, November 17(Scoop News)-Apni Party leaders and workers on Thursday held a one day hunger strike at Panama Chowk in support of Refugees seeking release of pending financial assistance of Rs 25 lakhs and job reservation for the unemployed youth of Refugees in Jammu and Kashmir.
Led by Provincial President Jammu Youth Wing, Vipul Bali, the Apni Party leaders among District Vice President Jammu Urban, Vaibhav Mattoo, Ravi Bali, Kamlesh Kumar, Provincial Vice President Joginder Singh, District Organising Secretary Youth, Deepak Baradoo, Provincial Secretary Youth, Vishal Jotshi, District President Samba Youth, Mangat Ram, Senior Vice President Youth Sandeep Vaid, Provincial General Secretary Legal Cell, Kuldeep Sudan, District President Women Wing, Ritu Pandita, District Vice President Youth, Abhinav Gupta, District Secretary Youth, Ankush Dogra, women wing leader Pavneet Kour, and others participated in the hunger strike.
The protest was staged in front of Divisional Commissioner Jammu’s Office at Panama Chowk to remind the authorities about the long pending demands of the Refugees and highlight their demands. The protesters were shouting slogans in support of the Refugee demands that include job reservation, holding of special recruitment drives in armed forces, land rights to the refugees and release of pending financial compensation.
Speaking on the occasion, Vipul Bali said that “A central Govt had sanctioned a financial compensation of Rs 25 lakhs to each family of Refugees in J&K. However, Rs 5.5 lakhs was paid although some of the families have yet to receive this amount as well.”
Bali said that the compensation amount sanctioned by then goi has not been released in favour of the Refugees even after knowing that they were the victims of three Indo-Pak wars and subsequent displacement from one place to another has worsened their lives.
“There is a need to upgrade the living standard of the Refugees whether social, economic, educational or political and the Govt should not delay the pending financial package for the Refugees,” he added.
He further said that the Govt should release the pending amount so that the Refugees can be provided relief.
He said that the refugees have also not received first installment from the Govt and many files with regard to the compensation are pending before the concerned Deputy Commissioners offices. He said that such cases should be addressed as early as possible.
Later other Apni Party leaders also spoke on the occasion.



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