Reasi/Jammu, Aug 29: In hard hitting words, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that the critics who say nothing has been done by the Modi government must visit the family bunkers built along the borders before arriving at conclusions sitting in their drawing rooms.
He said, hardly 10 to 12 kilometers away from the venue of this function, the family bunkers with all the amenities, almost equivalent to a one - room residential flat, have been constructed for a long stay and shelter in the event of border firing, but unfortunately the self-styled critics have no time to visit the same.
The real question is that this demand had persisted since independence but why the past governments never addressed it, he asked.
Addressing a programme on Sunday conducted jointly by SeemaJagranManch and Seva Bharti, Dr Jitendra Singh said, this is for the first time since independence under Prime Minister NarendraModi that several sensitive decisions have been taken for the people living on the border. In this regard, he referred to the construction of family bunkers with all the inbuilt amenities, construction of modern household toilets in border area houses, network of roads and bridges along International Border along Kathua and Samba, increased insurance rates in case of causality, 4% reservation in jobs and higher educational institutions for the population living along International borders at par with LoC, upcoming one of India's largest Sports stadium in the name of ArunJaitley in the border area near Hiranagar,etc.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the programme, the Minister said, stringent measures are being taken to check border infiltration by terrorists, which has been brought under control to a large extent but may not have stopped completely. He said, even though there is effective border fencing in place and thermal detection is also carried out, the security forces have come across underground tunnels used by infiltrators from across the border.
While the security forces are performing their duty with utmost sincerity and diligence, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it is also the responsibility of the local population living on the border to cooperate in detecting and checking these underground routes.
At another function held at Reasi this morning organized by “Saksham”, a social organization dedicated to the service of the Divyangs, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it was the sensitive approach of Prime Minister NarendraModi, who gave the nomenclature “Divyang” because the approach of the government is to ensure empowerment of weaker sections along with their appropriate respect and esteem in the society. He said, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), had in recent times taken several important decisions in this regard, which include increase in the reservation quota of jobs for Divyangs including Acid Attack Victims and certain other categories for entitlement to jobs as Divyangs etc.
Reiterating Prime Minister NarendraModi’s resolve that this government is committed to those sections of society, which were left out of priority by the earlier governments, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Department of Pensions, which is also under him, has relaxed the Family Pension rules and now a divorced daughter will be entitled to Family Pension even if she has not received divorce through the Court of Law but has filed a Divorce Petition in the Court. Similarly, the very elderly pensioners would not have to produce the Life Certificate in person but would be entitled to use the option of “Digital Life Certificate”.
Describing the next 25 years as crucial, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the AmritMahotsav conceptualised and launched by Prime Minister NarendraModi is meant to awaken each one of us about our responsibilities in contributing in the making of “New India” and celebrate the 100 years of independence with a unique glory and pride.