"My house was broken. When it rained we had to move out from the house. There was no place to sit inside. Now I will construct a new house and the money will help for marrying my children," said Vimla Devi.
Seventy years after they came to India, refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK are getting a financial package to "settle down" in Jammu and Kashmir.
But the move is being seen by some as an attempt by the BJP to consolidate its vote bank. The party says it has emerged as the saviour of refugees but the opposition says the BJP has betrayed refugees, doling out a meagre handout to some.
Just 3 km away from Vimla Devi's house, at a colony of refugees from West Pakistan, there is disappointment. West Pakistani refugees were also promised a similar package, but the money hasn't been disbursed yet.
The BJP says it has emerged as the major supporter of refugees by sanctioning one-time settlement package of Rs 2,000 crore but the opposition says a recommendation for allocation of Rs 9,025 crore for refugees was made during the Congress-led UPA government.
"No political party has turned its attention towards refugees. For 70 years, the other parties only indulged in scams," said Sat Sharma, state BJP president.
"We had got this passed in the cabinet in our time. So Government of India had to do it. The Government of India hasn't done any favours to the displaced people," said Shyam Lal Sharma, Congress leader.
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