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JAMMU: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed here on Sunday that the provision of granting reservation in higher education and jobs to people living along International Border (IB) on the same pattern as available to the people living along Line of Control (LoC) is being worked out by the government.
Speaking to media persons here after a meeting to review the status of various civil work projects undertaken by the Government of India through CPWD, Dr Jitendra Singh alleged that the denial of reservation to the people living along the International Border is a dubious legacy of the erstwhile Congress and UPA Governments, which had selectively issued orders reserving seats in higher education and jobs for people living along LoC, simply on the basis of vote bank considerations and had consciously discriminated against the border people living along the IB, simply because people living on this part of the border did not have any representation in the then State Government.
This, he said, amounts to the most inhuman discrimination wherein one section of people living along the Pakistan Border are discriminated vis-a-vis another section of people living along the border, purely for electoral considerations. Dr Jitendra said, the BJP had taken up this issue even when it was in the opposition during the UPA rule, but the ruling parties at that time refused to respond.
The issue was again taken up, he said, with the Modi Government and was accepted in principle, during the recent visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Jammu on 8th of last month.
Dr Jitendra informed that the Union Home Ministry has asked the State Government to provide the details about the reservation provision available to the people living along the LoC so that the same could be worked out for the people along the IB as well.
He said, he is constantly following up the matter with the State Government as well as the Union Home Ministry, and looked forward to discuss the same also with the Advisor in-charge Home Affairs, Vijay Kumar.
Meanwhile, during the appraisal meeting with CPWD, the minister was informed that the fencing along with Indo-Pakistan border is almost complete, barring one or two small gaps, which got left out incomplete because of the cross-border firing in recent weeks. However, the same will also be accomplished very soon.
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