Srinagar: BJP parliamentarian and former RSS man Tarun Vijay on Tuesday once more pushed his campaign aimed at seeking settlement rights for soldiers who have served in Jammu and Kashmir or to the families of those personnel who have died during counterinsurgency operations.
Vijay, who was editor of the RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya and director of the BJP’s newly-created think-tank the Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation before joining politics, met Dr Jitendra Singh, junior minister in prime minister Narendra Modi’s office, and asked him to take up with the Jammu and Kashmir government the proposal to settle soldiers in the Valley.
Vijay requested Singh to push for an agenda he called “jawans (soldiers) for the Valley development”, which involves providing them money “so that they can establish industry and trade centres and help in creating jobs for youngsters in the Valley”.
This way, Vijay believes, the “process of wealth creation will be accelerated in the state”.
“He asked Dr Jitendra Singh that since he belongs to the state, he must push this matter vigorously with the state government,” said a statement issued by the MP.
Vijay said tributes to former president Dr Abdul Kalam “would remain incomplete without having Jawans settled in Jammu Kashmir”, adding it was Dr Kalam’s “dream to see J&K fully developed.”
“Unemployment must go from J&K, development must come in. Jawans are the most powerful instrument to achieve this goal,” Vijay said.
He also requested that the state and New Delhi should give a 25-year tax holiday to such soldiers who “initiate an industry or any enterprise creating wealth for the state and providing employment to the state’s youth”.
The statement said that Dr Jitendra Singh appreciated Vijay’s “spirit to help J&K” and assured him that he will have “the matter examined and will speak to state government”.
Earlier this month, Vijay had sent a letter to the defence ministry, asking the government to allow army personnel who have served in Jammu and Kashmir or the families of soldiers who died on duty to settle in the state
“Those who shed blood for our motherland in the Valley should be respected and honoured,” Vijay had told India Today TV.
He had demanded settlement rights for the soldiers who have served a minimum of three years in the Valley. He said he had raised the issue in Rajya Sabha on May 8 this year and New Delhi had already sent a proposal in this regard to the state government.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has forwarded the proposal to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.