Tikait, Ch Manmohan take stock of Jatts’, border farmers’ issues

BKU National Spokesperson, Rakesh Tikait posing for a photograph with Jatt leaders at Suchetgarh on Thursday.

Visit Octroi Post at Indo-Pak border, interacts with Jawans

SUCHETGARH: Rakesh Tikait, National Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kissan Union has sought Martyr status to farmers killed in cross firing along border. He raised the demand along with Ch Manmohan Singh, President All India Jat Maha Sabha and former Mayor while conducting an extensive tour of border villages at Suchetgarh to take stock of the problems and issues confronting the Jat community in the region.
Ch Manmohan Singh apprised the Kissan leader Rakesh Singh Tikait that majority of Jat community is residing in the border villages of Jammu region right from Kathua to Mendhar. However, the Jat leader lamented that it’s quite unfortunate that these Jat community people continue to be deprived of OBC status till date. He said that these people have a tale of travesty to narrate as at present, Jat community people in 11 states of India are enjoying the benefit of OBC status while there is no such provision for the people belonging to the Jat community living in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory.
During the interaction of the aforesaid leaders with Jatt community members, the farmers as well as Jatts of border villages narrated their sordid tale. Asserting that they are true nationalists and playing their vital role in guarding the borders in this most sensitive and vulnerable region putting their precious lives to risk, they said that it is really an irony that despite their significant contribution they have never got their due share during the past aver seven decades of India’s independence.
Both Rakesh Singh Tikait gave a patient hearing to the people of the area and assured to resolve their all pressing issues by taking up the same with the concerned authorities in the Centre as well as with the UT Administration.
Ch Manmohan Singh also apprised the National Spokesperson that there are several Jat families whose land had come under Border fencing and for the last so many years they were unable to cultivate that land thus incurring huge losses for which they are not getting any compensation from government.
Meanwhile, Rakesh Tikait along with Ch Manmohan Singh visited BSF’s Octroi post on the Indo-Pak border in Suchetgarh and met with BSF jawans. He saluted the valour of BSF personnel for guarding the borders of the nation at the risk of their lives. He said that the nation is indebted to the martyrs who have sacrificed everything for the country and have given opportunity to the people of this nation to lead a life full of dignity and pride. He said that every single citizen owes so much towards the martyred security personnel that he or she cannot repay what they have showered for the country.