JAMMU, Jan 10: Accusing the BJP- PDP Government of eulogizing and glorifying the militants and subversives, chairman of the NPP and former minister Harshdev Singh has questioned the rationale behind announcement of compensation and Govt jobs to the families of stone pelters, who had waged war against the State and the security forces in Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference here today, over the announcement made by the Chief Minister in the Assembly on Monday wherein, she stated that Rs 5 lakh would be paid as ex-gratia along with Govt jobs in specified cases to the family members of stone pelters who died while fighting the security forces in the recent turmoil in Kashmir. “Under what policy was the compensation announced and what about the security personnel who sacrificed their lives while defending the national honour and flag?” Singh questioned.
Reminding the BJP Ministers that when Army jawans were killed in Valley while defending the nation’s freedom and its borders, they had made the statement that the State Govt. did not have any policy to pay ex-gratia to the martyrs. “Under which policy was the ex-gratia and jobs announced for those who had waged war against the State, destroyed over 50 Police Stations and security camps, burnt schools, snatched weapons from armed forces, killed several security personnel besides injuring to several thousands?” NPP leader asked.
Accusing the BJP of acting as petty accomplice with PDP, Singh said that the Saffron ministers had crossed all the limits of timidity to remain glued to power. During elections the same BJP leaders had assured ‘zero tolerance’ to anti-nationals and subversives but had surrendered even their basic fundamentals after their ascendance to power. He said that earlier it was ex-gratia to the dreaded terrorist Burhan Wani’s family and now the stone pelters families were the next in line for the State honours in the form of monetary compensation and Govt jobs.
Accusing the BJP Ministers of falling from grace, he said that their conduct did not merit mere condemnation but merited mourning. They who refused ex-gratia to army martyrs and to those sons of soil who laid down their lives during Amarnath Ji land row had emphatically announced the same for anti-national elements fighting our forces and challenging our integrity and sovereignty, Singh regretted.