Madan Lal Sharma, member of Parliament from Jammu- Poonch constituency along with Kuldeep Raj Verma, a leader of other backward classes (OBC), called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and apprised him of the situation along borders, where Pakistan has been consistently firing in violation of the ceasefire agreement.
According to a statement issued by the MP, he told the PM that there is a sense of fear among people living along the international border and Line of Control (LoC).
He requested the Prime Minister to ensure adequate safety measures for these people. Sharma also demanded that people affected by firing along borders should given compensation on par with the victims of militancy and this should be done at the earliest.
The MP asked the Prime Minister to start a special recruitment drive for residents of the border areas and the rent of the land under army use should also be increased. He also demanded shifting of the border fence to zero point.
Madan Lal Sharma along with Kuldeep Verma also brought before the PM the issues of 1947, 1965 and 1971 and west Pakistani refugees settled in Jammu and requested that these refugees should be given ownership rights of land and state government should settle their issues in one go.
Verma demanded liberal funding for OBCs in the state on the pattern of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes.