Govt expands re­hab scheme for dis­placed

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: The Union Cabi­net on Wed­nes­day ap­proved ex­ten­sion of ben­e­fits un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pack­age for per­sons dis­placed from Pak­istan-oc­cu­pied Jammu & Kash­mir (PoJK) in 1947, to 5,300 fam­i­lies that ini­tially opted to move out­side Jammu & Kash­mir dur­ing the Pak­istani ag­gres­sion but later re­turned and set­tled in the state.

The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pack­age was ap­proved by the Cabi­net on Novem­ber 30, 2016, to help dis­placed fam­i­lies from PoJK and Ch­hamb un­der the PM’s Devel­op­ment Pack­age for Jammu & Kash­mir 2015.

The ap­proval will en­able the dis­placed fam­i­lies to be­come el­i­gi­ble for one-time fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of Rs 5.5 lakh un­der the ex­ist­ing scheme, and in turn, get some sus­tained in­come which the ex­ist­ing scheme is aimed at.

Re­quire­ment of funds will be met out of sanc­tioned funds for the ex­ist­ing scheme.

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