Jammu migrants get relief at par with K-migrants on HC directions

The State government today implemented the Court directions issued in a contempt petition and sanctioned Rs 16.
Jammu migrants get relief at par with K-migrants on HC directions

The State government today implemented the Court directions issued in a contempt petition and sanctioned Rs 16.0885 crore including over Rs 7 crore as interest for disbursement of relief to Jammu migrants at par with the Kashmiri migrants.

In this regard the Government today produced Order No.68-R&R of 2016 dated 15.11.2016 under which state has sanctioned a sum of Rs.16.0885 Crores (Rs. Sixteen Crores Eight lacs Eighty Five thousand only) for disbursement of the relief and interest thereon to 994 identified migrant families of Jammu region.

The contempt petition was filed by one Jagdev Singh for implementation of Apex Court Judgment directing the Government to provide relief to Jammu migrants at par with Kashmiri migrants.

Today when the contempt petition was listed, A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan observed that application is filed for non-compliance of direction issued in contempt petition by order dated 24.04.2016 giving direction to respondents release the amount of Rs. 9.05 Crore with 9 % per annum from January 2010. The Division Bench directed the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (M) Jammu to release the said amount to the already identified migrant families of Jammu region within a period of eight weeks from today. The DB observed that because of the delay in implementing the order of this Court dated 11.11.2009 ordering to sanction a sum of Rs.9.05 Crores for paying benefits from 2004-2007, the officers have committed a loss of more than Rs 7 crore to the Government by way of payment of interest thereon. This may be an eye opener to the Government particularly the finance department for obeying the order of the Courts without any delay and without inviting orders in contempt proceeding, the DB maintained.

The  Counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted that apart from the migrant families already identified, the other migrant families may also be identified as directed by this Court in its order dated 11.11.2009 and they may be granted liberty to approach before the Relief Commissioner for their identification. On this submission, the Division Bench granted the said liberty. JNF

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