National Conference on Wednesday expressed grave concern over continued border shelling in the forward villages along International Border and Line of Control in the Jammu region and expressed solidarity with those injured and suffered in terms of colossal damages caused to property and standing crops.
“Intermittent shelling has caused acute fear psychosis among the border dwellers in RS Pura, Suchetgarh, Kanachak, Hiranagar, Kathua Abdullian, Poonch, Rajouri, Kupwara, Uri and other areas, leading to their dislocation from homes and hearths”, the National Conference leaders said in a joint statement while assailing the ruling BJP for its total neglect and indifference towards the suffering people.
The National Conference leaders also paid tributes to the valiant jawans of the army and Border Security Force, who laid down their lives during border skirmishes.
The National Conference leaders reminded the BJP of promises made during 2014 parliamentary and assembly elections with regard to construction of bunkers, safe shelter sheds and allotment of 5-Marla plots to vulnerable segments of border population, asking why no headway has been made even after two and half years of their rule at the Centre and in the State. “Creating promised infrastructure apart, the BJP leaders could not find even few minutes to visit the suffering people, who they exploited to hilt during electioneering”, they said, adding that border-dwellers cause remained their major electoral plank.
Expressing sympathy with those having lost their live-stock, crops and suffered damages to their properties, the National Conference leaders prayed for early recovery of injured. They sought immediate survey of the damages by the Revenue officials and interim relief for the sufferers till compensation cases were processed. They also stressed the need for early rehabilitation of those suffering damages to their homes keeping in view the ensuing winter months and urged the government to devise a mechanism for safety of the border people.
Saying that apathetic attitude of the PDP-BJP dispensation towards border people forced National Conference to take up the issue with Governor N. N Vohra, seeking his indulgence towards their plight. A delegation led by Party President Dr Farooq Abdullah met Vohra yesterday in Srinagar and expressed anguish over treatment meted out to the sufferers.