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Verification of people living in Uttarakhand’s border areas along international frontiers to begin soon: Minister

The state government will soon start verifying antecedents of people staying in five districts that share border with Nepal and China, government spokesperson and minister Madan Kaushik said on Saturday

dehradun Updated: Aug 26, 2017 20:24 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Minister Madan Kaushik’s comment comes days after two RSS leaders took up the issue of outsiders staying in border areas in a meeting with chief minister Trivedra Singh Rawational. (HT File)

The state government will soon start verifying antecedents of people staying in five districts that share border with Nepal and China, government spokesperson and minister Madan Kaushik said on Saturday.

“Antecedents of all those staying in border districts will be verified. It will help clarify whether they are bona fide citizens of this country or not or are staying there in connection with their business or jobs,” he told HT.

Pithoragarh, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Champavat and Udham Singh Nagar are the five border districts.

His comment comes days after two Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders took up the issue of outsiders staying in border areas in a meeting with chief minister Trivedra Singh Rawat.

During the meeting, RSS general secretaries Dattatreya Hosbale and Krishna Gopal expressed concern over the increasing number of outsiders settling in border areas in recent years.

Kaushik though denied that the state government’s decision to check the antecedents of those staying in border areas was prompted by the advice of the two RSS general secretaries.

Sangh insiders said the issue was taken up with Rawat because as per its (RSS) report the recent years witnessed a 13% increase in the number of outsiders settled in the border districts.

“Our leaders suggested that the identity of those staying in border districts is closely scrutinised at the level of the district magistrates,” said RSS prant pracharak for Uttarakhand Yuddh Vir Singh.

“The issue was taken up with him (Rawat) because the rising number of outsiders staying in areas along the sensitive international frontiers is a matter of concern for everybody.”

RSS state unit general secretary Dinesh Semwal said the suggestion for a verification of the antecedents of people staying in border areas was made so that intruders among them could be identified.

Sangh leaders also took up with the chief minister the issue of Kedarpuri, a residential area planned in the Kedarnath, the shrine town that was ravaged by the 3013 flash floods, Singh said.

“He (CM) was urged to expedite the construction of Kedarpuri because the site where it has been planned is safer compared to the old Kedarnath town that was struck by the floods.”

Sangh leaders also suggested that the state government provide residential facilities to members of a nomadic tribe believed to be the descendents of Maharana Pratap, the great warrior king of Mewar.

“They are the descendents of somebody whose family survived on bread prepared from grass while taking on the mighty Mughal empire,” Semwal said. “So, the chief minister was urged that they should be provided facilities like Aadhaar cards so that they could be provided houses and other facilities.”

RSS prant pracharak Singh said Rawat assured the two Sangh leaders that the process of identifying the members of the nomadic tribe had been initiated.

Urban development minister Kaushik said the state government was already working on all such issues. “Very soon our efforts will start bearing fruit,” he told HT.

First Published: Aug 26, 2017 20:23 IST