Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that the tension at the Line of Control and International Border across the state directly impacts the tranquillity and development process.
“Ceasefire violations and shelling not only make the people leave their homes but severely hamper agricultural operations causing economic stress to border people,” the chief minister said.
Interacting with farmers at the IB near Chinore farm, 25 kilometres from winter capital Jammu, Omar expressed satisfaction over the status of ceasefire and hoped that ‘it would continue for the larger interests of people particularly farmers residing in the frontier areas’.
The chief minister also expressed hope that the two countries would resolve all issues through the process of dialogue peacefully.
The chief minister enquired the welfare of the people and received brief from them about the prevailing situation and the status of their agricultural operations.
He gave directions to the agriculture department to provide all help to the border farmers for launch of successful agricultural operations.
Omar asked the department to keep better seeds, fertilisers and other agricultural inputs adequately available to the agriculturists in the border areas.