PUCL Bulletin, December 2001
on the controversy over the Resettlement bill
The National Conference
government should honour the assurance given by Sheikh Abdullah when Resettlement
Bill was passed in 1982 that the Displaced Persons settled on the evacuee
property would not be dispossessed if emigrants from Pakistan returned.
He said that Sheikh Sahib had agreed with his suggestion to enact this
assurance in the form of a law. He also referred to an earlier judgement
of the Supreme Court under which evacuees were not entitled to file any
claim over the property they had left behind as limitation period of 12
years, prescribed under the Evacuees (Administration of Poverty) Act of
1949, was long over. In compliance with the moral and political commitment
of Sheikh Abdullah and legal position enunciated by the Supreme Court,
a categorical reiteration by the state government to protect the rights
of the Displaced Persons from PoK, would allay their fears created by
the current controversy over the Resettlement Act.