Jammu: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday expressed concern over intermittent ceasefire violations, saying recurrence of shelling has made the life of people living along Line of Control and International Border miserable.
“Bloodshed is no solution to problems; peace has to be given a chance, as the people of the region were deeply yearning for it,” Abdullah, according to a statement, said while addressing party workers at the border township of Mendhar in Poonch District.
Abdullah, accompanied by Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, is currently on a four-day visit of the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
The National Conference President expressed solidarity with suffering people and called for effective measures to instill sense of security among them, “as continuous shelling as brought the normal activity to grinding halt.”
“The farmers are not venturing out to their fields, children are deprived of their education and the people are forced to leave their homes and hearths for safety,” he said and asked how long shall border dwellers remain on the receiving end.
Responding to complaints about administrative apathy towards the suffering population, Abdullah said the coalition government cannot abdicate its responsibility in mitigating the problem in terms of timely medical support and necessary assistance to shelling victims. “True the governance is at the lowest ebb, the challenge unfolded by the man-made tragedy is to be met,” he said while expressing solidarity with those braving the brunt.
The National Conference President also expressed concern over “anti-youth” policies being pursued by the PDP-BJP combine, saying screening test of Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers was an attempt to dislodge and render jobless a huge number of educated young people for ulterior motives.
He said the contribution of ReTs cannot be undermined as they heralded on the scene at the most crucial juncture when the entire educational system had gone haywire due to disturbed condition.
“Concerned over this phenomenon, we had evolved a mechanism in 1996, when most of the present day opportunistic politicians had shied away from joining the electoral process, to revive the educational system by co-opting the services of local educated youth,” he said.
adding that this was a huge challenge as the future of generation next was at stake.
Abdullah said that instead of encouraging the ReTs, the coalition government was demoralising them, which is bound to have adverse impact on the educational system in rural and far off areas. He cautioned the government against confrontational attitude and said it should instead concentrate on governance and meeting the aspirations of the people.