J&K migrants voice concern over deprivation of monthly ration

March 21: The Jammu and Kashmir government has been accused by the members of displaced communities in the state of depriving them of their monthly rations through its “apathy in implementing” the National Food Security Act for migrants.

An organisation representing such people said they would block traffic on the national highway if the government failed to provide ration to them.

“We will be left with no option but to block the national highway as the majority of the displaced families are dependent on the monthly ration supply,” said the President of Jagti Tenement Committee, Shadi Lal Pandita.

“The government’s apathy in implementing the National Food Security Act (NFSA) for Kashmiri migrants has added to the suffering of these people, who have been deprived of monthly ration supplies since February this year,” he claimed.

Migrant communities do not fall under the purview of NFSA and the government should ensure the release of their rations from February, 2016, till the present, he said.

Pandita also demanded an increase in the monthly cash assistance to the tune of Rs 25,000 per month for each migrant family.

He further said that the Kashmiri Pandit community was interested in settling permanently in the Valley and a satellite township near Srinagar should be established at the earliest for the same.

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