On June 15, 1999 When Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia attained martyrdom in Kargil the road outside his native home in posh Gandhi Nagar area was renamed and Jammu Municipal Corporation had installed a sign board.
In the recent years though the Indian army has been organising Vijay Diwas in Kargil to honor the martyrdom of brave soldiers but the civil authorities here in Jammu have made mockery of his martyrdom.
The insensitive general masses and advertisers who chose to paste bills and posters on the sign board, where his name has been written, have been rubbing salt on the wounds of the near and dear ones of the martyred soldier by showing disrespect to his name and valor.
Ironically, for last couple of days Jammu Municipal Corporation has been focusing on polishing its own image in the eyes of the city denizens.
In doing so the JMC authorities have raised king size hoardings to communicate with local population.
Hoardings with pictures of Ministers and slogans on highlighting the importance of civic amenities were also raised at vantage locations to spread the message among the masses.
Ironically, the same JMC authorities have deliberately ignored the real heroes and none of the senior functionaries who claim to spend maximum time in the field trying to feel the pulse of the masses have noticed the plight of JMC signboards especially those dedicated to the martyrs who laid down their lives in the service of the nation.
The general public is also equally to be blamed for the plight of the sign board as local advertisers have used the sign board for pasting bills and posters and has spoiled it completely.
Similar is the plight of sign board of another martyred officer DySP Praveen Sharma near Trikuta Nagar extension.The officer attained martyrdom in Anantnag during Amarnath pilgrimage on July 20,2001 when militants had attacked the camp.
The general public on the streets claimed that they have been noticing many hoardings all over the place with pictures of Ministers, big advertisers have sponsored hoardings to promote their products , then political parties have also invested hugely in putting up these hoardings and posters but no one has bothered to refurbish the sign boards with names of martyrs written over it.