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Cover all Zero line villages under Modern Village Scheme of RDD: Tony urges LG 

Inaugurates blacktopping work of road at Zero Line Chowani Post on Pak border 

SUCHETGARH, FEB 28: Taranjit Singh Tony, Chairman Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Jammu and Kashmir for Administrative Engagement and Minority Affairs, and District Development Council (DDC) Member Suchetgarh has urged the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to cover all the Zero line villages at border under the Modern Village Scheme of Rural Development Department. He raised this demand while addressing a gathering after inaugurating the blacktopping work of road from Chowani Post to the Zero line of border here today.  It is pertinent to mention that this work has been undertaken after 75 years of Independence.

             The senior AAP leader said that the development of this road to make it fit for use was a long pending demand of the people of this area and the same has been finally fulfilled. He said that it was only after 1967 that the people started residing in this village but there was no development on zero line earlier which reflects the failure of the successive regimes in the former State of J&K and thereafter in addressing the vital issues of the border people.

Taranjit Singh Tony said that after final completion of this road, the people of this region mostly farmers will get highly benefitted. Not only this, the road is also going to be of great utility to the Army as it will facilitate the smooth and quick movement of troops to the border   in case of urgency.

Tony said that he has been in direct contact of the authorities in the concerned departments and they have geared up to deliver govt services to rural people at their doorsteps. He said that border areas deserve prime focus of the Govt as these are linked to the security of the nation and the safety of people. He said that it is the people who are the first to face the brunt in emergent situations.

Tony also appealed to BSF authorities to allow the farmers to cultivate their land on zero line as the Pakistan farmers have fully cultivated their land on zero line as the farmers are lacking. He also appealed to the Chief Engineer Irrigation Depart to gear up the tube-well irrigation and lift irrigation to provide regular water supply to farmers as and when required. He further appealed to the Irrigation Department to replace temporary arrangement of pipes with concrete and permanent construction of canal at village Dharap.

Meanwhile, the senior AAP leader urged the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to cover all the Zero line villages under the Modern Village Scheme of Rural Development Department.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were Sarpanch Sarabjit Singh, Sham Lal Bhagat District President, Central Joint Secretary Jammu Urban D.C. Raja, Mandeep Choudhary, Bal Krishan, Shakti Bhagat and Vicky Chairman.