Jammu-Poonch MP Madan Lal Sharma met union minister of state for defence Jitendra Singh on Thursday and discussed with him the situation on the International Border and Line of Control in Samba, Jammu, Rajouri, Poonch and Kathua districts.
Expressing concern over continuous violation of ceasefire by Pakistani army, Sharma informed the minister that this is leading to panic among the civilian population residing in the forward areas, who are standing with army and BSF with full strength.
Sharma also requested the MoS for defence to support the state government in constructing pacca bundhs and other infrastructure, particularly in Samba, Ramgarh and Vijaypur sectors, which had been washed away during the recent flash floods.
The MP also demanded that the border fence should be taken to zero point, so that the civilians and army posts exposed towards border can have protection and developmental/agricultural works can be carried out in full swing in these areas.
Sharma also demanded increase in compensation to the victims of border firing and shelling on a par with the victims of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
He further demanded the early start of four-laning of the Jammu-Akhnoor road, for which the ministry of defence has already given a no-objection certificate.