*Visits shelling-hit villages in Poonch
POONCH, Dec 5: Former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today alleged that Central Govt has left border people of Poonch- Rajouri on the mercy of God as they are facing Pak shelling every day.
The PCC leader who visited various Panchayats including Bandi Chechian, Nangali, Kankote, Shahpur, Takia Panchayat in Poonch to meet victims of shelling, took stock of the prevailing situation along the LOC. He was accompanied by District president Ch Ghani, BDC Chairman Poonch Jameel Kohli, BDC Chairman Nagali Nazeer Hussain, Sarpanch Janghir Malik, Sarpanch Mohd Jameel and others.
Bhalla lashed out at BJP for “abandoning people living along the International Border and LoC in the Jammu region and alleged that the hapless border people have been left on the mercy of God amidst heavy Pak shelling. He accused the Modi Government of failing to put an end to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the IB/LOC in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the lives of people living in border areas have become miserable.
He said the persistent ceasefire violations have made the life of people living in border areas miserable and they are forced to lead a life marked by fear, uncertainty and mental stress. Alleging that the NDA Government remained insensitive towards the plight and trauma of the people, he said, “How long people of the Jammu and Kashmir and the country will be fed with rhetoric’s and hollow promises as the ceasefire violations go on unabated?”
Bhalla said the time has come to act and silence the Pakistani guns as the residents of border areas have suffered unimaginable loss to lives, property, livestock, crops, due to unprovoked Pakistani firing and shelling.
A large number of border residents demanded accessible and advanced health care facilities including a blood bank and digital X-ray. Bhalla demanded helicopter services for border residents of Poonch saying that in absence of specialized medical services, several Pak firing injured victims breathe their last mid way when they are referred to GMC Jammu in absence of air service. He also demanded constitution of a Border Areas Development Authority (BADA) to cater the need of developmental activities in border areas.
PCC leader said due to lack of adequate funds Mandi-Fagla-Bufliaz Road, PMGSY Road in Arai Malkan, augmentation of PHE Pumps in the area was still in limbo. He also demanded bullet proof ambulances and oxygen manufacturing plant in Poonch besides early construction of Circular Road in Poonch Town and completion of JU campus in Dingla.