No proposal to provide identity certificate to WPRs in JK : Centre

United News of India/ Srinagar
February 9, 2017 TOP STORIES 335 Views
No proposal to provide identity certificate to WPRs in JK : Centre

There is no proposal to grant domicile certificate to West Pakistan (WP) refugees in Jammu and Kashmir, junior Ministers of Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Kiren Rijiju said.
In written replies to questions by Amar Singh of Samajwadi Party and Majeed Memon of NCP in the Rajya Sabha (RS) today the ministers said that there is no “specific proposal” of providing “nativity and identity certificate” to WP refugees.
The Jammu and Kashmir has reported that there is “no such proposal at present to grant domicile certificate” to them (WP) refugees.
However, the written said that the West Pakistan refugees settled in Jammu and Kashmir are Indian citizens.
Ahir said the State Government has reported that “there is no such proposal at present under consideration of the State Government for the West Pakistan refugees”.
Mr Singh and Mr Memon had asked whether the Centre is aware that the State Government had recently decided to issue “nativity and identity certificates to about 1.5 lakh refugees for erstwhile Pakistan.
It may be recalled that some mainstream political parties and separatists reacted sharply when there were reports that state government is planning to issue identity cards to WP refugees.
The centre has yesterday made it clear that there is no proposal to set up separate townships for Kashmiri who migrated to different parts of the country, including Jammu following eruption of militancy in early 90s.

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