In the first ‘general house meeting’ of the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) held yesterday, several councillors have demanded that the basic amenities to the Rohingya refugees living in Jammu be stopped immediately, sources said.
Over 8000 Rohingya refugees, facing persecution in their country (Myanmar), are presently putting up in different camps in Jammu and are getting basic amenities like power connection and water supply.
The councillors, according to the sources, said the “foreign settlers are the suppliers of drugs, weapons in Jammu and are also involved in human trafficking and their activities are leaving a bad impression on the Jammu youth”.
Narotam Sharma, one of the councillors from ward number 3 of Jammu East constituency said, “I raised the issue of deportation of Rohingya refugees from Jammu and I got support of almost all the corporators irrespective of their political affiliation.”
Sharma claimed that the mayor, Chander Mohan Gupta, assured him that authorities will look into his demand soon.
The general house meeting of JMC was attended by Commissioner Pankaj Magotra, secretary Sunaina Sharma, municipal veterinary officer Zafar Ibqal and other staff members, sources said.
It is important to mention here that the municipal elections were held in Jammu and Kashmir after 13 years in 2018.
In the 75 members general body of JMC, there are 43 corporators from BJP, 14 from Congress and 18 others are independents.