BADC asks FM to lay focus on border residents in Budget 2024

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 28: Jammu and Kashmir Border Area Development Conference (JK-BADC), an organization working for the welfare of border residents has urged the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sithanraman to lay focus on border states and residents of border areas in the upcoming budget 2024, as the border residents are amongst the most vulnerable sections of the society.
The organization in its request to the Union Government demanded that unlike main land the people living in the border areas are deprived of even basic needs thus it is imperative that there is special fiscal provision for these areas in the budget. The people of border areas are the first pillar of defence from any external aggression and they must not be ignored, the organization emphasized .
Dr Shazad Ahmed Malik, Chairman of the BADC and former Vice Chancellor also urged the Union Government to concentrate on strengthening infrastructure in border areas and to provide education, health and employment avenues to the youth of these areas.
He also appreciated the Union Government and Jammu and Kashmir Administration for clearing 100s of pending SRO 43 cases and giving appointment letters to the aspirants. Dr Shazad said the pending compensation cases for border residents who had lost their livestock, houses or got injured in the cross border shelling should also be cleared at an earliest as it would provide a major relief to the people as several such cases are pending in different districts of Jammu and Kashmir.