Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir), [India], Dec 3: Demanding restoration of internet services, statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and compensation for failed crops, farmers and youth of Hiranagar border area led by Samajik Insaff Manch, Hiranagar president Bani Lal Kandely out a 10-km carried out a long foot march from last border village Korepunnu to Tehsil Marheen.
Farmers and youth of the border area here started the march on Tuesday and wore banners and posters around their neck, with a charter of demands to highlight several issues of border residents and demanded an immediate redressal. The march will be concluded on Thursday
“We have four main demands. First is that the farmers who have suffered losses due to recent rain and hailstorm should be provided with compensation. Second, internet services should be retrieved. The third demand is that Jammu and Kashmir should be given the status of a state again,” said Kandely.
“Our fourth demand is that all unemployed people should be provided with government jobs. Residents of the border area here are already very disturbed,” he added.
Govind Ram, a farmer said farmers’ crops have been destroyed wheat and other is paddy, recently but they have not been provided with any compensation so far.
“The government should encourage us to keep the farmers and agriculture alive. Agriculture should be given the status of mini-industry based on this, the farmers should also be provided with subsidies,” said Ram.
According to the locals, the youth of the border area is reeling under severe unemployment. The residents of the border area have struggled a lot to educate the youth here.
The protest march started from Koreopunnu led by Kandley and it was joined by numbers of farmers and youth of the border area. They raised slogans in supports of their demand