STATE TIMES NEWS HIRANAGAR: While illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Afghanistan had settled in prime locations in Jammu and its vicinity during rule of successive regimes, people of border villages of Jammu region continued to suffer for want of shelter at safer zones, said JKNPP Chairman and former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh. Despite tall sloganeering of various political parties during elections, making lofty promises and assuring doles to people of border belt, said Singh, none of the promises made by them had been redeemed after they assumed power. Having been cheated by traditional political parties, the people of these areas are fast losing faith in the political system, he rued. He said that people should genuinely differentiate between parties that stand solely for power and those sincerely fighting for cause of the public. Harsh was addressing a huge public meeting in Jandi village of Hiranagar Constituency on Monday along with Yash Paul Kundal, State President, Young Panthers. Expressing concern over deteriorating security scenario on borders, Singh regretted that in wake of Pak sponsored terrorists creating terror, Pakistan had been opening unprovoked fire and pounding posts and forward hamlets all along IB and LoC in Samba, Kathua, Akhnoor, Poonch and Rajouri sectors leading to panic and martyring several soldiers and civilians. He warned the Saffron party to fulfill its promise of providing 5 Marla of land to each family at safer zones, adequate bunkers for emergency situation, adequate ex-gratia each to families of persons killed in Pak firing, compensation to families of injured, employment for the next of kin of deceased, special recruitment drive for border youth, and adequate assessment based compensation to the farmers for loss of their crops as relief measures. Kundal expressed resentment against the BJP for shamelessly doling false promises and assurances to border residents time and again for their relief and rehabilitation and making mockery of their painful condition.
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