Jammu and Kashmir Current Affairs

Government approves financial assistance of Rs. 5.5 lakh per family to West Pakistan Refugees settled in J&K

The Union Government has approved financial assistance amounting to Rs. 5.5 lakh per family to West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs). It will benefit 5,764 families of WPRs settled in Jammu and Kashmir.

Key Facts

The scheme comes into effect from June 2018. The amount of Rs. 5.5 lakh per family will be deposited in bank accounts of eligible beneficiaries based on authentication by State Government. For smooth implementation of the scheme, the State Government will also appoint Nodal Officer for this scheme. Full expenditure for this scheme will be borne by Central Government.

Background

In the aftermath of partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, thousands of families from Pakistan occupied areas of Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) had migrated to India from then West Pakistan. Central Government and J&K state Government have been extending series of relief and rehabilitation packages to WPRs from time to time to mitigate the hardship of displaced persons and to rehabilitate them.

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Government to raise 5 Indian Reserve Police battalions in Jammu & Kashmir

The Central Government has decided to raise five Indian Reserve Police (IRP) battalions in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) with an aim to provide jobs to local youths. These battalions will have 60% reservation to people from border areas of J&K.

Key Facts

The five IRP battalions in J&K will have over 5,000 personnel in which 60% reservation will be given to people living in zero to 10 km range from the border. Besides, two female battalions comprising 1,000 women personnel will also be created. The women battalion will primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting in Kashmir valley and other law and order duties. The cost of raising each battalion us around Rs 61 crore and 75% of it will be provided by central government. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) deploys personnel of IRBs in their respective states but they can be deployed in other states too if there is requirement. At present, there are 144 IRBs in various states. In addition, four IRBs each are being raised in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 12 in Maoist-hit states besides five battalions in J&K.

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