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2000 crore for the rehabilitation of displaced PoK people

Written by Aravind   |   Posted: 12/01/2016 11:35 AM IST

In a great relief for the Hindus displaced from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, the Union Cabinet has approved a development package of Rs 2,000 crore for the displaced people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The official release had said that 5.5 lakh rupees of cash benefit per family will be disbursed to enable them to earn an income and subsist their livelihood. The amount will be released to the State government for disbursal to the eligible families through Direct Benefit Transfer.

The Cabinet had also approved the notification for the inclusion and amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes in Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

Major decisions by the cabinet:

1. Approved a Rs 2,000 crore development package for refugees from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) living in the country. Each of these families will get around Rs 5.5 lakh as aid. The amount is “one time settlement” for the displaced families and will be released to the Jammu and Kashmir government to be disbursed to eligible families through Direct Benefit Transfer.

2. Approved a proposal to shut down the loss-making Kota unit of Instrumentation Limited and hand over the company’s Palakkad division to the Kerala government.

3. Approved the inclusion of 15 new castes and modification in 13 other castes in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

4. Approved a new liberalised visa policy that include long-term multiple-entry comprehensive visa by merging tourist, business, medical and conference visas into one.

5. Cleared a major suburban rail link project worth over Rs 10,000 crore as part of the ambitious urban transport project in Mumbai.

6. Approved the decision on India being a part of pact to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase out HFCs, as agreed to in Kigali climate meet.

By Premji

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