May 2018 News

BJP Betrayed, Abandoned Border Dwellers: NC

23 May 2018
Greater Kashmir

Jammu: National Conference on Wednesday lashed out at BJP for 'abandoning' people living along International Border and Line of Control in the Jammu region, saying destruction and devastation caused by shelling from across the border has rendered thousands homeless. 'The reported death of an eight year old boy in Samba district, just a day after an eight month child fell to bullets in the Akhnoor sector underlines the gravity of the situation,' provincial president NC, Devender Singh Rana in a statement said. Rana who visited along a delegation of senior NC leaders to the affected villages, said the words were not enough to describe the agony and the misery the people there were facing. He reiterated his demand for providing five marla plots to dwellers of vulnerable areas and reservation in jobs for border youth, or else the National Conference will be forced to launch agitation. Senior state vice president and former minister Surjeet Singh Slathia, MLA Dr Kamal Arora and Youth National Conference provincial president Ajaz Jan were among those comprising the high level party delegation that visited Trava village at the Zero Line, and Arnia, Kul Kala and Salaad villages and met the affected people. Rana said the situation was quite volatile and explosive in the wake of continuous shelling and the entire border belt was almost deserted by the people. 'Where are the BJP leaders- both from the Centre and the State, the political executives, who had made promises about five marla plots and reservation for the wards of border people in government jobs before comforting themselves in the cradle of power', Rana said, adding that nothing was virtually on the ground with regard to shelter sheds or bunkers. He assailed the BJP's total indifference towards residents of the forward areas from Poonch to Kathua at this crucial hour of crisis. He said the callousness of the administration towards residents was a classic example of the BJP's duplicity and deception, which was reflected in alarming measure in the forward areas. Interacting with the dislocated people, former minister Surjeet Singh Slathia lamented that the commitment of plots, as also Rs 10 lakh for construction of safe shelters, 'has proved just a hoax like various other promises they made to the people of the Jammu region.'