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Expressing grave concern over continued border shelling in the forward villages along International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region, National Conference (NC) today alleged that BJP is totally indifferent towards border people.

Party has reminded BJP of promises made during 2014 parliamentary and assembly elections with regard to construction of bunkers, safe shelter sheds and allotment of 5-Marla plots to vulnerable segments of border population, asking why no headway has been made even after two and half years of their rule at the Centre and in the State.

“Intermittent shelling has caused acute fear psychosis among the border dwellers in R. S Pura, Suchetgarh, Kanachak, Hiranagar, Kathua Abdullian, Poonch, Rajouri, Kupwara, Uri and other areas, leading to their dislocation from homes and hearths”, the NC leaders said in a joint statement while assailing the ruling BJP for its total neglect and indifference towards the suffering people.

Expressing sympathy with those having lost their live-stock, crops and suffered damages to their properties, the National Conference leaders prayed for early recovery of injured. They sought immediate survey of the damages by the Revenue officials and interim relief for the sufferers till compensation cases were processed. They also stressed the need for early rehabilitation of those suffering damages to their homes keeping in view the ensuing winter months and urged the government to devise a mechanism for safety of the border people.

Saying that apathetic attitude of the PDP-BJP dispensation towards border people forced National Conference to take up the issue with Governor N. N Vohra, seeking his indulgence towards their plight. “A delegation led by Party President Dr Farooq Abdullah met Mr Vohra yesterday in Srinagar and expressed anguish over treatment meted out to the sufferers”, says the statement.

NC leaders took the BJP head on for allocating just Rs 2,000 Crore for the refugees of PoK, notwithstanding the fact that Mr Omar Abdullah led government had recommended to the Centre over Rs 9000 Cr package for covering 36,000 families with financial assistance of Rs 25 lakhs to each family.

The signatories to the joint statement besides provincial president Devender Singh Rana included senior leaders and former ministers Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, as also state vice presidents Rattan Lal Gupta and Kashmira Singh, state secretary Rachpal Singh, MLAs Javed Rana and Dr Kamal Arora and provincial president youth NC Ajaz Jan.