Firing victims deserve govt's attention: Jitendra

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2015 19:20 IST

Expressing concern over recurring incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan, minister of state in prime minister's office Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is giving a befitting reply to Pakistan, but the firing victims and people living along the border deserve state government's attention and the onus for early and permanent redressal of their problems will lie to a great extent on the new state government.

Singh said that construction of permanent shelters for people getting uprooted from their homes following firing, allotment of land measuring at least five marla, building of bunkers on the household premises of the border inhabitants for immediate shelter and adequate compensation in lieu of the land of farmers acquired for defence use, require immediate attention.

"The BJP is committed to address all these issues in right earnest and whatever be the composition of the democratic government which takes over in the state, the party will aggressively pursue for implementation of all these measures", he added.

Lauding the people living along the borders as true custodians of the boundaries, Singh said that military and paramilitary forces are doing a commendable job in defending the territory, civilians living in these areas are 24x7 soldiers all 365 days in year guarding the borders unintimidated by the risk to life and property.

Singh disclosed that even though the successive state governments had failed to provide sufficient and respectable compensation to the firing victims, the union home ministry has decided to enhance the amount of compensation for the deceased as well as the injured.

Singh lamented that the earlier governments had deliberately ignored the grievances of the border area people because their approach was motivated by regional discrimination, but now with sizeable presence of the BJP in the state legislature, such an approach will not be tolerated.

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