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JAMMU: The Central government led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to destroy the cultural identity of Jammu and Kashmir by selling the land to outsiders.It was stated by senior Congress leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand.While addressing Congress workers, Tara Chand said that BJP has betrayed the people of Jammu by snatching away their lands and jobs.He said that the BJP had earlier promised to securing land and jobs for the local youth but taking a u-turn it has now decided to open it for everyone which will reduce the opportunity for the locals.Tara Chand urged upon the Central Government to restore statehood to Jammu and Kashmir with job and land security for the locals.He said that J&K has witnessed massive destruction during decade’s long turmoil and rising unemployment is a major concern.He urged upon the government to secure jobs of Jammu and Kashmir for local youth.He further said that the people of Jammu region have sacrificed their lives for the sake of nation as serving in Army is their inherited profession and it is because of this there are thousands of martyrs of Jammu region. “Being nationalist the government must reward them but it seems that the presence government is trying to destroy their future as well as the cultural identity of the Dogras by selling away their land and job to outsiders”, Tara Chand added.He also demanded special employment package for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir as the corona pandemic has rendered millions jobless and many families are at the verge of starvation. He said that it is the duty of the government to address the unemployment issue immediately. Tara Chand said that the Prime Minister has promised to initiate political dialogue in J&K and for this he urged the government to restore security cover of all leaders of mainstream political parties according to the areas and other threat perceptions so that they can move freely from one place to other. Those who were present include Suram Singh, Prem Singh, Jagatar Singh, Jagdish Raj Sharma, Madan Lal Sharma, Gautam Sharma, Daljeet Singh, Balbir Singh, Dwarika Nath, Ramesh Verma, Prabhu Singh, Suraj Prakash, Harnam Dass, Pt Ram Swaroop, Ram Nath Bhagat, Vijay Chib, Om prakash Sharma, Ved Prakash Sharma, retired DSP, Chunni Lal Sharma, all Sarpanchs, Panchs, members of PCCI, office bearers of District Congress Committee Rural Jammu, Block Office bearers Khour, Khara-Balli, Samwan and Pargwal and Members Municipal Committee Khour.
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