Divisive politics has no place in JK: Slathia

Vijaypur, Mar 17: National Conference State Secretary and former minister Surjeet Singh Slathia on Sunday underscored the role of youth in changing destiny of Jammu and Kashmir state, saying they have to take lead role in bringing about peace and strengthening unity which is under grave threat from divisive forces.
“Time has come when youth must give a united fight to all those trying to trample the time tested secular ethos of Jammu and Kashmir by sowing seeds of mistrust and hate”, Slathia said while addressing youth at Sehaj Resort Khod Slarian Ramgarh in Vijaypur Assembly Constituency.
He decried divisive politics, saying it has no place in a state like Jammu and Kashmir which is facing many challenges. He urged youth to meet the challenge posed by disruptive and anti-people elements that have left a legacy of unprecedented political instability. “This challenge has to be met”, he said, exuding confidence that National Conference alone can fill the political vacuum in all the three regions and sub regions of the state.
He assailed BJP for exploiting the sentiments of people to further their political agenda and said the youth in particular have remained at the receiving end during the PDP-BJP dispensation, as the duo let them down on every front.
Slathia sought special recruitment drive in armed and para military forces besides police for the youth residing within five kilometer radius of the International Border, saying this will open up vistas of opportunities for them.
The former minister said that border dwellers have been living a pitiable life, not only because of the intermittent shelling from across the border but due to fear psychosis which restricts their movement to their land holdings for farming. During sowing season they remain off their lands due to threat of shelling, he said adding this has been impacting their economic conditions hugely.
Slathia said the BJP led NDA government at the Centre had many a times made commitment with the border youth for jobs in the armed forces but no concrete step has been taken in this regard thus for. He hoped that the Ministry of Home Affairs will take positive steps in this regard and urged the Governor to take up this issue with the Centre for the larger interest of the border dwellers. He also sought expediting of work on the bunkers and decision with regard to providing alternate dwelling units for the resident of forward areas.
Slathia exhorted the National Conference functionaries and workers to expand their mass contact programme, identify the problems faced to the people and seek their appropriate redressal at appropriate forums. He hoped that they will remain at the forefront to meet the challenges facing to the state.
District Youth President NC Riyaz Malik also addressed the gathering.
District Secretary NC Om Prakash Attri, Block President Mohan Singh Patti, Sarpanch Darshan Singh, Ex Sarpanches Om Parkash, Tajinder Singh, Pinder Singh Ricky, Choudhary Ajay, Choudhary Goldy Singh, Vipan Kumar and Harbajan Singh were among those present on the occasion.