Jammu, Sep 11: Union Minister Rajnath Singh today said that Pakistan has to stop ceasefire violations either today or tomorrow.
“Pakistan is repeatedly firing and targeting Indian posts and villages but it has to stop ceasefire violations either it does today or tomorrow,” Singh said while meeting with border migrants this afternoon during his visit to bordering Nowshera sector of Rajouri district along the Line of Control in Jammu region.
“Pakistan is doing it since long and in 2014 too it heavily shelled the border villages,” he said and added that he then told to the Director General BSF that no bullet will be fired first from Indian side but if Pakistan starts firing, India will not count its bullets.
“Situation since then has improved a lot on the borders and it will further improve,” said the Union Minister.
He however, said that 4 IRP battalions will be raised and for that, he has asked the J&K DGP to ensure 60 percent of recruitment of youth from the border belts.
“I will also speak to BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF heads to ensure recruitment of border youth,” he asserted
Singh however, said that he will keep visiting to the border belts and interact with them assuring to address their grievances.
Hundreds of border migrants are taking shelters in government accommodations in view of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan.
He also patted border migrants for their valour in fighting Pakistan alongwith security forces and the Army.
Union MoS in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh also accompanied the Home Minister.
Singh is on four-day visit to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
On the last leg of his visit tomorrow, he will meet some of the delegations and address the media before leaving for the national capital.
Ahead of Singh’s visit to Nowshera sector, Pakistan this afternoon reportedly fired unprovoked on the LoC in Shahpur area of Poonch district.
Indian Army gave befitting reply to the firing while no damage or injury was reported in exchange of firing.
Meanwhile lauding the jawans along the border, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that latest gadgets and equipments are inducted in the Border Security Force to relief jawans and also for better domination of border.
“Getting best surveillance equipments under modernisation programme is one of the priorities for the government,” Singh said while addressing BSF jawans and Officers during his visit to the BSF Campus at Nowshera in Rajouri district.
Singh took stock of operational preparedness on the Line of Control and International Boundary in prevailing security scenario.
He also informed about the latest technology gadgets and equipment are being inducted in BSF and said, ”the technology, besides acting as force multiplier for better and more effective domination of border will also provide relief to jawans by reducing their work load”.
The Home Minister expressed utmost satisfaction as well as proud on BSF functioning in the country.
Applauding that excellent border management by BSF has helped in inculcating the belief among general public that they are safe as one of the best border guarding force in the world, Border Security Force is guarding them from external threats.
He praised the bordermen who exhibited combat audacity and fought valiantly in the service to the nation due to which BSF has earned the name as ‘First Wall of Indian Defence.’
“Safety and security of our soldiers performing duties in complex circumstances is the prime concerns of Government and particularly Ministry of Home Affairs,” said Singh.
The Minister also had an informal interaction with jawans to know about their well being and during the interaction, he was very appreciative of the ever vigilant ‘Seema Praharies’ who guards the nation’s border 24x7x365 defying the extreme weather conditions.
“The government recognizes your contribution towards national security and is always eager to address their concerns,” said Singh to jawans.
Earlier Kamal Nayan Chaubey, ADG BSF assured that brave bordermen not only face 365 x 24 proxy war initiated by adversary in minus 25-30 degree varied temperature in extreme geographical conditions, but win each war spell on the motherland.
It was due to gallant and vigilant duty by BSF troops, that all malevolence infiltration bid from counterpart territory were successfully thwarted during last one year, he added.
Ram Awatar, IG BSF, briefed the Home Minister on the prevailing security scenario, various measures undertaken by BSF to strengthen the border protection on International Border and the existing border control and protection mechanism undertaken by BSF vis-à-vis the likely threats.
Dr Jitendra Singh, MOS (PMO), Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Dy CM (J&K), Rajiv Gauba, Union Home Secretary, B B Vyas, Chief Secretary (J&K), S P Vaid, DG Police (J&K) and Raj Kumar Goyal, Principal Secretary (H) J&K also graced the occasion.
Number of delegations today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to this winter capital of the state on his third leg of four day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh this evening arrived here and was welcomed by state BJP leaders at the Airport.
He dashed to the Convention Centre to meet various delegations.
Around 35 different delegations will meet the Union Home Minister today and tomorrow before his departure to the national capital.
Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu office bearers called on Singh here this evening.
CCI president Rakesh Gupta said that removal of PI systems from all religious places was discussed with the Home Minister.
“We feel that PI system is major source of trouble and may lead to communal provocations but we regret to say that no action has been taken till date,” said Gupta.
He said that the Chamber delegation also requested that no illogical statements should be issued by anyone from the Union Government without knowing the ground realities in this sensitive state which lead to Jammu V/s Kashmir and ultimately Kashmir V/s India but still the issuing of statements for mere political gains are being made.
“Deportation of Rohingyas from Jammu, LOC Trade and Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, proper audit of verification of traders carrying on trade at LOC points, minimum security deposit of Rs 5 lakhs from each firm as a pre-requisite for registration so that these traders are under the radar of Income Tax department like matters were also discussed,” he said.
GST implementation in the state, which led to utter confusion and needs to be simplified, was also putforth before Singh.
Meanwhile another delegation of SOS, displaced persons of POK led by its chairman Rajiv Chuni also called on Mr Singh and submitted the memorandum.
Chunni said that it has been brought to the notice of the Union Minister that Displaced Persons are the foremost victims of Jammu and Kashmir State turmoil when tribal along with concrete support of Pakistani army invaded various parts of the State which are now under the illegal occupation of Pakistan.
“Since our forceful exodus from our ancestral places, no one ever came for talks and no helping hand was extended towards us. We were ruthlessly ignored and exploited by our own leadership for the last seven decades,” said Chunni.
The Refugees leader however, demanded that to include 5300 left out families of PoK DPs of 1947 registered out the State in the current package, Grant Refugee or Internally Displaced Persons status to PoK DPs, implementation of PoK DPs package passed by the Cabinet of NC-Cong Government of J&K State in October 2014, constitution of PoK DPs Development Board in J&K State, grant Socially and Economically Backward Status to PoK DPs, apply Central Act – “Displaced Persons Compensation and Rehabilitation Act of 1954” to rehabilitate PoK DPs, reservation of seats in J&K Legislative Assembly and Council for PoK DPs, return of cash deposits of PoK DPs wedged in J&K Bank Branch at Mirpur for the last 70 years, improvement in living conditions of PoK DPs and treat at par with all migrants or displaced persons.