Vibodh meets MoS PMO, submit memorandum
Special package be given for migrants, tourism, recruitment
Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) State Vice President Advocate Vibodh Gupta today met Dr. Jatinder Singh, Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister Office (PMO) and highlighted the plights being faced by the people in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
Vibodh apprised Dr Singh about the demographic profile of the region, which includes Paharis, Gujjars, Bakerwals etc and these communities time and again were exploited by the previous governments for their political benefits. These communities are living in tough terrain and under extreme conditions and they need special attention of Central Government for their development, Gupta added.
He also submitted a memorandum of demands and requested Dr Singh to pursue Central Government to declare Rajouri and Poonch districts as backward areas and a special package be announced for the overall development of these districts.
Vibodh informed MoS that the people of these districts were the worst sufferer when militancy was at its peak in the State. Some families which were migrated during militancy from their native villages are not given recognition as migrants till date, he said and added that the Central Government must provide relief to these families at par with Kashmiri migrants.
Moreover, the people living near LoC have to migrate when tension mounted across the borders and they also suffered huge losses in term of damage to their crops during cross-border firing, which was seen as a routine affair in last few years.
Describing the scenic beauty of Pir Panchal region, which was not yet exploited to its fullest by the previous regimes, Gupta said that the region has a tremendous tourism potential but due to the deteriorating conditions of roads, which is the only source of transportation, the tourists are not attracted towards the region.
He requested Dr. Singh for the early restoration of railways project which was earlier shelved by the previous government and sanctioning of four-lane road from Jammu to Poonch and to Mughal Road.
The Central Government should consider these project as most urgent which would further boost the tourism sector in the districts and in turn reduce the unemployment problem in the region, Vibodh stressed.
He also demanded for increasing the monthly honorarium of SPOs from Rs 3500 to Rs 7500 as they are working tirelessly for restoring peace and normalcy in the region. Special recruitment drive should be launched for the local youth who wanted to serve for their motherland, Gupta asserted.
Giving a patient hearing to the demands raised by Vibodh, Dr Jatinder Singh assured him that the Central Government has development of J&K State at top of his agenda and special focus will be given to theborder districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
It is pertinent to mention here that before meeting MoS PMO, Vibodh Gupta also met Union Minister for Railways D.V Sadananda Gowda and Union Minister for Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and he projected the demand of restoration of Jammu-Poonch railways project and four-lane road from Jammu to Poonch and Mughal Road respectively.