Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that talks are the only way forward to resolve issues and stop skirmishes along the border that have always made lives of people miserable.
"Talks are the only way forward to resolve issues. Border skirmishes have always made the lives of people living there miserable and difficult," Omar said, during his visit to forward areas in Jammu where he met people affected by firing and shelling from across the border.
The Chief Minister said residents of LoC and border areas have to bear the brunt of the violence and their lives and property are endangered by such incidents and stressed that people wanted peace to carry on their lives smoothly.
"We do not subscribe to war, but are in favour of resolving issues through talks and in a peaceful manner," he said, and called on authorities across the border to understand this need and help in creating calm.
Speaking to the people, Omar said the state has taken all measures to provide them relief and safeguard their lives.
"We are with you at this hour of need," he told them, and stated that he has given directions to all concerned agencies to help the border residents.
Omar, while interacting with the affected families at Joia, Trewa, Saikalan, Jora, Jabowal, Jangian and other places in the border areas of R S Pura and Bishnah sectors, announced three months free ration for those who had to leave their homes for shelter and those whose farming had stopped.
Issues related to giving benefit of SRO 43 to affected people and compensation for acquisition of their land will be discussed in the Cabinet, he said.
He said though the lives lost cannot be compensated, he wanted the bereaved families to get the benefit of SRO 43, and for this, he would take all necessary measures.
The Chief Minister said that state government has already taken up the issue of construction of bunkers in the border areas and establishment of shelter places in nearby areas for the affected people.
The file in this regard is pending at the Central level, he said, adding that he would again take up the matter with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his upcoming visit to the state.
Omar also criticised those playing politics over the human sufferings and added that the prime concern of all should be to provide necessary help to the affected people without having any political or other consideration.