Having controlled militancy in the Chenab Valley for the last 15 years, the Army on Monday reached out to the families of slain and surrendered militants there to address their grievances, a defence spokesman said.
Chenab Valley, comprising Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of Jammu region, is an evolving cultural, educational and tourism hub of the union territory. The valley was severely affected by militancy from 1990 to 2007.
”Although the ‘Awam’ (people) by and large does not favour bloodshed and separatist politics, due to inadequate employment opportunities and lack of awareness amongst the local youth, they are vulnerable to the lures of the inimical and anti-national elements,” the spokesman said.
In order to look into the problems being faced by the surrendered militants and the families of those killed, and to monitor their rehabilitation and reformation efforts, the Army organised a meeting at Gundoh in Doda, he said.
”The event is also seen as an appropriate forum to interact with surrendered militants, their families and families of killed militants and provide them the required guidance and assistance in their rehabilitation and reformation efforts,” he added.
He said 14 surrendered militants and families of slain terrorists attended the event from Gundoh and surrounding villages.
The spokesman said similar meetings were organised at Patnazi, Thathri, Shergwari, Kishtwar and Gahan in nearby Kishtwar district.
”During the course of interaction, initiatives being undertaken for development of the region and problems being faced by them were discussed and solutions were sought,” he said.
Representatives from the Army also apprised them about various welfare and financial schemes launched by the Indian Armed Forces, and the union territory and central governments, he said.
”The meet was well-received and they greatly appreciated and applauded the support provided by the Indian Army in all spheres,” the spokesman said.