STATE TIMES NEWSKATHUA: Jammu Kashmir Sharnarthi Action Committee (JKSAC) in a meeting held at Chann Arorian resented that Displaced Persons (DPs) of 1947 from PoK have been again deprived of their legitimate share of 8 Assembly seats, which have been kept reserved as per the Reorganisation Act of 2019, wherein only 90 assembly seats were granted to union territory of Jammu and Kashmir with an increase of only 7 seats. The participants in the meeting appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to review the Reorganisation Act of 2019 to raise the seats from 90 to 98 to deliver long awaited justice to DPs of 1947 from PoK. In the meeting held under JKSAC President Gurdev Singh, participants hailed the Ministry of Home Affairs for initiating the process of delimitation of Assembly Constituencies of newly formed Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. President Gurdev Singh and other speakers including Dwarka Nath and Tarlok Singh Tara termed it as a much needed step to rectify the decades old discrimination meted out to the people of Jammu region. “Sensing the review of this discriminatory distribution of constituencies the earlier Kashmir-centric Government has sealed its review till 2026”, they added. Gurdev Singh however, expressed his concern and said the share of DPs of 1947 from PoK viz 8 assembly seats out of 24 seats reserved for PoK people have not been taken into account while sanctioning 90 seats for the JK Union Territory. He said that aforesaid DPs are craving for de-freezing of their share of 8 assembly seats as they were thrown out forcibly by the Pakistani tribals from their native places in PoK now under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. He said that JKSAC was consistently demanding de-freezing of 8 Assembly seats for proper representation and overall development, and it has made relentless efforts in this regard since 1967 through various democratic means. He said that when assembly seats were raised from 76 to 87 as per the recommendation of Justice K.K Gupta commission, JKSAC lodged the protest, but the commission failed to address the concern of DPs. “Again during the Farooq Abdullah’s regime in 2001-2002, he was approached many times to undo the injustice done with DPs but instead he chose to freeze the delimitation of constituencies and deprived the DPs of their legitimate share of seats”, he said adding that the passage of the Reorganisation Act of 2019 has once again sealed the fate of DPs to represent their aspirations in the UT legislature for another unpredictable period. He appealed to Lt Governor GC Murmu to mount pressure on Centre to make an amendment in the aforesaid to ensure justice to DPs of PoK. Others who spoke in the meeting include Khem Raj, Master Kuldeep Raj, Deepak Raina and Suresh Kumar.
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