The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday provided agricultural and residential lands accompanied with letters for houses under the ‘Mukhyamantri Awaas Yojna’ for the rehabilitation of 63 displaced Hindu families. The families had migrated to India from East Pakistan in 1970 during the war for the creation of Bangladesh, where Hindus became the worst victims of atrocities perpetrated by the Pakistan Army.
Handing the documents to the refugee families, CM Yogi Adityanath said that the effort was made in order to bring their wait to an end. “In the year 1970, around 407 families migrated to India from East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh). Some families were resettled in several parts of the country while 65 families were waiting for resettlement,” he said.
Of the 65 refugee families which had come to Uttar Pradesh then, two were untraceable. The Chief Minister said that working on an action plan for the rehabilitation of the remaining 63 families, the state government was offering them two acres of agricultural land as well as land for housing. In addition to this ₹1.20 lakh was also been provided for construction of houses under the ‘Mukhyamantri Awaas Yojna’. Each family would be given extra amount to equip their house with a toilet, CM Yogi said.
The Uttar Pradesh government has made arrangements to settle the Bengali Hindu families in the Rasulabad area of Kanpur Dehat district.
However, CM Yogi used the opportunity to mount a scathing attack on the previous governments which, according to him, had done nothing for the rehabilitation of the refugee families. “The governments before 2017 were insensitive towards the deprived communities and neglected their development. The earlier governments did nothing for the Musahar, Vantangia and other such downtrodden communities,” said the CM.
The Chief Minister also instructed the Revenue Department that the land provided to those 63 families should be developed as a smart village equipped with all the basic necessities including school and hospital amongst others. These families should also be properly employed making the women and men self-reliant.
“Women should form self-help groups while men can get engaged in animal husbandry work. The children should be associated with skill development,” directed the CM.
Citing the achievements of BJP government, CM Yogi said, “We converted 38 villages of Vantangiya community into revenue villages and they voted for the first time in the Assembly elections after the Independence.”
Originally brought from Myanmar for the purpose of afforestation activities during the time of British, the Vantangiya community has been living in forests since then without any sort of development as their villages were deprived of the revenue village status that makes them eligible for welfare schemes.
After being elected as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, Yogi Adityanath had granted the revenue village status to many Vantangiya people. After 2017, a new chapter in the lives of Vantangiyas has started and now everyone has a pucca house, toilet, power supply, LPG gas connection, potable water supply, apart from ration card, Ayushman health card and approval letter to do farming.
Ajay Roy, one of the recipients of the recent allotment, stated that the refugees were provided employment at a cotton mill in Hastinapur, Meerut following their migration to Uttar Pradesh but the mill got closed after a decade and this resulted in a livelihood crisis among the families. “After the closure of the mill in the year 1984, my father began working as a labourer to feed our family. I am pursuing graduation but I also work as a labourer to help my family,” Roy said.
He further added that the biggest problem for him and other refugee families was that they were not being issued caste certificates in Uttar Pradesh. “Officers say that our caste has not been decided and as such they are unable to issue the certificate. If we get the caste certificate, that will help us in getting jobs. Other refugees rehabilitated in other states have been issued caste certificates there,” he said.