Centre announces Rs 5.5 lakh each to 5300 displaced PoK families in J&K


New Delhi: The Centre has announced Rs 5.5 lakh each to 5300 ‘displaced’ families of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) settled in Jammu and Kashmir.

They had earlier settled in different parts of the country, but later moved to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said. He said the move will provide justice to the displaced families.

The decision comes ahead of the Block Development Council (BDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir on October 24.

While the Communist Party of India has already announced that they will not contest the polls citing lack of ‘ level playing field’, the Congress party, on Wednesday announced that they will boycott the BDC polls in light of the prevailing situation in the state.

News agencies quoting Ghulam Ahmad Mir of Congress said: “We’ve come to realise that these Block Development Council (BDC) elections are being held to facilitate the ruling party. Our leaders are under detention. We have no other option but to announce that we are boycotting the election”.

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