Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday asked the district dispensation to explore possibilities for identification of suitable state land, about 5 km away from International borders, to accommodate the people of border areas of Samba district ensuring them a safe world to live in.
As per a statement the Union Minister was on an extensive visit to border areas of Samba district to assess the situation arisen due to recent firing from Pakistan.
During his visit to Mawa, Suchetgarh Kullian, Chambalyal and Nanga, the Union Minister interacted with the people of these border areas to personally take stock of their problems and demands.
Expressing concern over worst impact of Pak firing on education of the students, the Union Minister assured that all possibilities would be explored to keep some relaxation in qualification of such affected border students during recruitment drives. He added that he will take up this matter with the concerned authorities as early as possible.
The farmers projected various issues including grave hardships in day to day agriculture activities due to cross border firing and shelling from Pakistan, special recruitment drive for youth of border areas, RBA status, settlement of issues of refugees etc.
Union Minister has assured the people that all the issues raised by them would be looked into for an early redressal.
Strongly condemning the ‘ceasefire violations by Pakistan’, the Union Minister said that such coward acts targeting innocent civilians would further ignite the tensions instead of solving the issues. He advocated a constructive dialogue between the countries for an amicable relationship which is in interest of both the Nations and its people.
At Chamblyal, the Union Minister paid obeisance at the Baba Chamblyal Shrine and prayed for peace and prosperity in the state.
Earlier, Union Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad and President J&K PCC, Prof. Saifuddin Soz along with other dignitaries paid floral tributes to Late Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi on her 29th death anniversary in a function organized by the Pradesh Congress Committee at its HQ Shaheedi Chowk.
Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman Bhalla, Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Member Parliament, Madan Lal Sharma besides other senior congress leaders and officers of the district administration accompanied the Union Minister.