Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Congress party on Thursday said that they would take path of agitation in the state to highlight the failures of the centre and state government to ensure the safety and security of border residents and to fulfil their demands of adequate relief and rehabilitation.
In a statement, a party spokesperson said, addressing a meeting of JKPCC executive to take stock of the prevailing situation on the border areas in the state and the overall security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, AICC general secretary in-charge J&K Ambika Soni (MP) and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that Congress party shall go aggressive both inside and outside legislature and adopt agitational mode to highlight the plight of the border residents who are becoming victims of increased shelling from Pakistan.
“Border residents are sacrificing their precious lives along with our security personnel on daily basis and the BJP government at centre and coalition government of BJP-PDP in the state are not doing enough to ensure their safety, relief and rehabilitation,” they said.
A party spokesperson said that Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni along with JKPCC chief G.A. Mir and other senior party leaders visited the border belt on Wednesday. “They also visited injured in the hospital on Thursday, on the direction of congress high command Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to meet the affected people,” he said.
The leaders said that they are pained to see the plight of the people who are facing the increased ceasefire violations for the past three and half years and are uprooted time and again without any efforts from the centre and state to take adequate measures for their short term and long term safety, security, relief and rehabilitation.
The leaders announced that the party would forcefully highlight the border situation in the parliament and state legislature as well as outside in a more effective mode to make government to move in this direction and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of border residents and take steps for their welfare.
The meeting adopted a resolution expressing grief and shock over the loss of precious lives of civilians and forces, and condemned Pakistan for increased ceasefire violations all along IB and LOC targeting the civilian population in the state. The meeting expressed deep sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.
The resolution demanded that centre and state government to fulfil the commitment of providing 5 marla plot to border residents, enhancement of ex-gratia relief for the death and adequate compensation for the damage to their properties especially enhancement of compensation for their livestock to one lac per buffalo as now only thirty thousand per buffalo to maximum of ninety thousand ceiling is quite inadequate.
Two minutes silence was also observed in the meeting to pay tributes to those civilians and army men killed in Pakistan firing and prayed for the peace of the departed souls.
The meeting was presided over by the president JKPCC G.A. Mir and attended by all senior leaders and legislators of the state.
The meeting also held threadbare discussions about the forth coming Panchayat elections and the related security situation and called upon the state government to ensure proper safety and security of the political activists and candidates to create congenial atmosphere for the electoral exercise. The meeting also expressed serious concern over the lack of proper security to the leaders and activists of opposition especially Congress party on political considerations, thus exposing them to security risks.