New Delhi, September 20: A delegation of West Pakistani Refugees, led by its President Labha Ram Gandhi, met Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Singh here on Tuesday. Dr Jitendra Singh demanded an action against Pakistan in the wake of Uri attack resulting in the martyrdom of 18 Indian soldiers.
The members of delegation in a meeting said that they are among the earliest victims of Pakistan hostility towards India and have suffered injustice for nearly seven decades since the time of partition. They as true patriots, while constantly suffering for their genuine rights, also expressed their deepest regret and distress for the losses suffered by Indian brave hearts.
Singh while appreaciating their sentiments assured them that whatever future strategy the Government of India decides, it will be in the best interest of the nation and in keeping with the expectations of over 125 crore people of India. Recalling the meeting which Labha Ram Gandhi and his team had with the All Party delegation that visited Jammu on 5th of this month, Singh also assured them that the Union Government is seized of their concerns and a mechanism is being worked out to address them
Dr Jitendra Singh noted that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has started a special recruitment drive for West Pakistan refugees, but they were facing problems because of the non-issuance SC/ST/ OBC certificates by the State Government, since they did not figure in the list of State citizens. He said, the officers in the MHA are working out a suitable provision to overcome this anomaly. Referring to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement, Singh said that the MHA has appointed a Nodal Officer to exclusively coordinate with the refugee community for redressal of their day to day issues.
Labha Ram Gandhi appreciated the keen interest conveyed by Singh in the redressal of their grievances and for the meetings arranged by him between them and the officials of Union Home Ministry. In addition to issue relating to SC / ST / OBC Certificate, Gandhi said that because of the refusal to accept them as citizens, they were also denied the benefits of several Central Government schemes like “Laadli Beti”, etc.