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Scheme for refugees from Pakistan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: TH

 

Context: The Indian government’s scheme to provide financial assistance to over 5,000 Hindu and Sikh families who migrated to India from Pakistan’s West Punjab after the 1947 partition has hit several issues.

About the SchemeInformation
Ministry involvedMinistry of Home Affairs (MHA) disburses the fund while the J&K government selects beneficiary
Type100% assistance from the central government
Launched in2018 (now extended till March 31, 2024.
AimTo provide financial assistance of ₹5.5 lakhs per family to over 5,000 Hindu and Sikh families who migrated to India from Pakistan’s West Punjab after the 1947 partition.
Beneficiaries5,764 eligible families (70% of them are Dalits)
Issues: ·        Claims have been settled for only 903 families so far

·        Several claims could not be processed, as the individuals were not able to produce original documents such as refugee cards

·        The entire scheme was mired in corruption and the revenue officials were demanding bribes before clearing the files