Recruit Pahari youth as SPOs to fight terrorism: Gupta

Senior BJP leader, Kuldeep Raj Gupta addressing a press conference at Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Senior BJP leader, Kuldeep Raj Gupta addressing a press conference at Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 9: Kuldeep Raj Gupta, former Vice Chairman, Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People today demanded recruitment of local Pahari youth as SPOs to strengthen second line of defense.
Accompanied by BJP media secretary, Dr. Pardeep Mahotra, Kuldeep Raj Gupta said while addressing a press conference at BJP Headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, here said for strengthening the border areas where terrorists hide in the dense forests and deep trenches appointment of local Pahari youth as SPOs he said being local they will prove very fruitful in fight against terrorism.
He said that the local active youth who have complete knowledge of local landscape, can augment the security forces to successfully wipe out terrorists from the area.
Gupta said that the Pahari belt is spanned around a large landscape and while the Armed Forces of India are doing their job diligently, it is highly recommendable that the local youth from this region be involved more actively and engaged as SPOs so that the infiltration and subsequent terrorism can be effectively contained.
Gupta said that Pahari people have faced wrath of Pakistan’s mischief and are the first sufferers of this hostility but despite all odds they have stood like pillars to safeguard national interests. He said that the people of this belt are nationalistic and hardworking and hence they can prove of immense help in locating and fighting terrorists taking refuge in dense forests.
Gupta said that the public centric approach by Narendra Modi led Government has initiated the unprecedented development in the far flung areas which is a testimony for the strong commitment of BJP leadership in serving the nation altruistically. He said that the Pahari people are agriculturists and are a major milk suppliers today. If they are given due facilities like ST status, Assembly reservation etc; Pahari community can prove to be a boon for national safety and economy, he asserted.