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Centre betrayed border dwellers by not fulfilling promises: NC leader Gupta

Post by on Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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Samba, May 30: Rattan Lal Gupta (Advocate) provincial president National Conference (Jammu) Monday alleged that Centre has betrayed the people living along the International Border (IB) by not fulfilling the promises made to them as still the whole lot of population is reeling under the same set of hardships which it used to face during the earlier regimes.
According to a statement by the party, the senior NC leader was addressing a one day long workers’ conference here at Radwa village in Ramgarh area.
Chief guest on the occasion, Gupta said that the centre has done nothing to bail out the people living along borders from the conventional hardships that have made their lives a ‘virtual hell’. The workers’ conference was organized by Ashok Attri vice-president Central Zone NC Jammu and was also addressed by Babu Ram Paul, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Pardeep Bali, Sudager Chand and other Block presidents.
Rattan Lal said that despite promising stars and moon to people, the centre has taken no step to change the lives of people as villages along the border line are still under deplorable condition with provision of basic amenities still a distant dream with those responsible for the same showing lackadaisical attitude as if they have nothing to do with the same.
He said that the centre's phlegmatic attitude in the matter is known to all as whatever has been promised is still hanging in the lull with no chance of the same becoming a reality.
“Take the example of bunkers, which were started with much fanfare but today all are lying defunct with rain water acting as spoilsport because there is no provision to make them useable after heavy rains have devastated the same,” he said, adding that for sure the exchequer has been wasted lavishly in the name of these bunkers.    
He said that the promise to give plots to border dwellers was also a political statement because after the eight years of this government in power nothing has been given to hapless people living on the edge.
“Same is the case of a special recruitment drive for border youths. The biggest fraud is the annulling of the recruitment process of border battalions by the so-called people friendly LG’s administration,” he said and demanded that the government cannot leave the people midway to languish as youths have cleared the tests and were awaiting appointments.
He said that the issue was also raised by NC President Dr. Farooq Abdullah in the Parliament as Jammu & Kashmir administration has withdrawn the posts referred to Services Selection Board (SSB) and Public Service Commission.

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