Border residents need concern

The residents at Indo-Pak International border and LoC continue to remain under the shadow of fear and miseries. Though, there is no cross firing for last some months but seeing the past record of Pakistan Army and Rangers, there is no guarantee at all that they may not resort to firing anytime for infiltration of terrorists, thereby creating fear among the border people.
Whenever tension escalates on the borders, these unlucky people are the first victim to bear the burnt of firing. They are forced to move to safer places along with their belonging and children. In such situation, elder male members are left to take care of livestock, who are either killed or injured in firing.
Due to frequent shifting to other places, the education of their children is also affected.
In the past as and when border firing occurred, the political leaders visited the areas as a token to their camps and assured all types of help but forget when affected families again moved back to their houses. This practice has been going on for since ceasefire violations along borders started.
A majority of border people are refugees of Chamb area uprooted during Indo Pak war of 1947, 1965 and 1971.
They are settled on 700 Kilometer long Indo Pak border from Pallanwala to Kathua on border.
They were allotted 10 Marals of plot for house and 4-6 acres of land for sustain their lives. Their condition is going from bad to worse with passage of times as 10 Marals of plot and meager land has been further divided between families, adding their woes.
The most of their cultivated land has come under ditch-cum-bund while the land which is very close to the border is not being cultivated due to security reason. The administration has assured them to pay compensation but the same has not yet been paid despite raising the matter with political representatives.
A few lucky got governments job and settled at other places to save from agony of border hardship. But a majority of them cannot live at their native places.
The demand of allotment of 5 Marals at safer places of border villager is a long pending but the same has not been fulfilled.
The central government has also announced construction of bunker at border for the people so that they could take shelter in cross firing but the same is also still awaited.
Keeping in view the perennial hardship being faced by the border residents, the government should give reservation to their children in professional educational institutions and government jobs.
The project of construction of bunkers at every village near the border should be taken up at priority basis.
There is also need to consider their long pending demand of allotment of 5 Marlas of plot at safer places.
Adequate compensation in case of death or injured has to be considered at higher level.
Both state and central government has to give attention towards border belt as they are also guardians of border for giving cooperation to our security forces deployed on the border.

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