May 2002 News

Indo-Pak war will be decisive: Saxena

20 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspndent

Jammu: Governor, Mr. G.C. Saxena has today said that the Indo-Pak war this time will be decisive one as the repeated skirmishes on the borders resulting in loss of lives and properties of innocent people can no more be tolerated. Speaking at a border migrant camp at Samba today, Mr. Saxena said that every time when the army move on the borders, the people living in border villages have to migrate to the hinter land causing a lot of trouble for them. He said that it is better to solve the problem once for all so that the people do not suffer any longer and they whole-heartedly involve themselves in the activities of agriculture. He hoped that this migration of the people from their homes and hearths will be the last migration. Referring to the rehabilitation of migrant families, the Governor said that the administration was fully geared up to provide all allied facilities to the people within its resources. But these facilities can never come at par with the facilities available in your own homes on the border line. The Governor said that the local administration is actively involved in arranging fodder for the cattle, shelter for the migrants and schools for the children of affected families. He said that the difficulties being faced by the border migrants would also be projected before the Prime Minister as and when he visits the State and efforts would be made to provide maximum facilities to the affected families. The Governor said that the Government will also start recruitment drive in para-military forces for the youth of border areas which will generate employment opportunities for them and enable them to assist the army and serve the nation. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that the root cause of all the troubles faced by the border migrants was Pakistan which has not responded to our message of friendship even after losing four wars with us. Pakistan is as every body knows grossly involved in abetting and sponsoring violence and terrorism in our State through the proxy war. The violation of human rights has become the order of the day. Referring to the migration from the borders during last four wars, the Chief Minister said that the conditions are so uncertain that nobody knows whether his house may be existing in his village or not when he returns back. The Chief Minister while expressing his grave concern over the attitude of Pakistan towards India, said that our country has to decide once for all whether we will keep on being killed at the hands of the terrorists or not. He said that now the time has arrived when the world community is to be apprised that the limit of our patience has ended and we can no more tolerate blood shed of innocents and violation of the human rights. Dr. Abdullah said that it is better if the world community comes with us to face the terrorism or we will have to do appropriate action at our own. He said that India does not want war with Pakistan but the problem is that it does not understand the language of dialogue and negotiation and is constantly indulging in cross border terrorism which has affected our people on the borders badly in their socio-economic life. Dr. Abdullah said that the Government is trying its best to provide maximum help to the migrant families in shape of fodder for their cattle, food, shelter and education to the children. He also reiterated that the migration problem would also be projected before the Prime Minister when he visits the State. He said that if the country is in favour of saving the lives and properties of innocent people of the State then entire nation will have to come on their back and help them generously to pass successfully through phase of proxy war. Entire nation has to come to the rescue of the people of the State in this critical hour of crisis, he added. He said that the prevailing situation between the two countries is gradually changing towards a war. In these conditions, we can not send you back to your homes, he added. During this period, the Government is committed to provide all possible help to the migrant people, he added. The Government has to ensure all facilities like education to the children, health coverage etc to the people. For this purpose, Ministers have been asked to stay at Jammu to monitor the arrangements for the migrant families. The Minister for Power, Mr. S.S. Salathia while speaking on the occasion projected the demands of the border people and said that 1971 families comprising of 11,657 souls of 12 villages of Samba sector have so far migrated from their homes and hearths. He said that number of families of Ramgarh and Hiranagar sectors have also migrated and kept in different schools. He said that the relief provided to these families is inadequate and demanded that immediate steps should be taken to enhance the quota besides houses damaged in shelling be constructed by the Government. The Minister of State for Home, Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy, the DGP, Mr. A.K. Suri, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Mr. Anil Goswami, Dy. Commissioner, Mr. Rohit Kansal and other senior civil and police officers were present on the occasion. Later, the Governor and the Chief Minister also visited migrant camp at Marheen in Hiranagar tehsil and listened to the problems of the migrants.


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