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MHA panel recommends Centre to consider extending financial assistance to inhabitants of Turtuk

‘Families living in poverty as they left their land on other side of LoC when it became part of India in 1971’

Srinagar, Mar 18: In a significant development, a parliamentary panel has recommended to the Government of India to consider extending financial assistance to the people living in the Turtuk village, which was part of Pakistan till 1971.

In its recommendation, the parliamentary panel on the Ministry of Home Affairs has recommended to the Centre that it may consider extending the relief and financial assistance to the people living in the Turtuk village.

“The Committee observes that when Turtuk became part of India in 1971, the families have left their land which was on the other side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and, therefore, is deprived of livelihood and is living under poverty. Therefore, the Committee recommends that the MHA may consider extending the relief and financial assistance to the people living in the Turtuk village under the scheme of “Relief and Rehabilitation for Migrants and Repatriates”, reads the report, a copy of which is in possession of news agency.

Turtuk was under Pakistan from 1947 till December 1971, when the Indian Army captured it during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Before 1947, Turtuk was part of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir ruled by the Dogras, but culturally and ethnically it is an extension of Baltistan.

 

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