By: Arun Bhardwaj
MANDI: Many a new promises were made by leaders across the country and state on India’s 58th Republic Day, however, many a such promises made in the past remain unfulfilled. A case in point is Jamehar, a small village in Dhar Panchayat (Tehsil: Jogindernagar, District: Mandi), which is yet to join mainstream of progress.
The Himachal government, about six years ago, had promised ‘Shaheed Road’, to be named after Subedhar Omchand Sharma of village Jamehar, who sacrificed his life serving the Indian Army and fighting the terrorists in J&K on November 2, 2000. However, the promise is still unfulfilled.
Meanwhile, the government had also promised naming a school after Subedar Sharma and Rs 1 lakh for construction of a Shamshan Ghat, but all in vain. All Omchand Sharma got, was a Sena Medal posthumously.
People of this village still have to travel on foot for about five kilometres through a rough terrain of jungles and rivulets to reach the main road. The road which should pass through villages Basai to Neri, runs through an eight kilometre stretch of jungles and is being maintained by the government for the last 40 years. What a thought?
Although about 15-years ago, after a long persuasion of five years by the then Pradhan (Ex-Captain, Sohan Lal Bhardwaj, village Jhamehar) a kachcha road was built, but that too is in shambles and the repetitive demand for a metalled and tarred road has fallen on deaf ears. The demand is being made by not only village Jamehar but by nine other villages too, who also would be benefited with the interconnecting and re-carpeting of this road.
It is reiterated here that Late Subedhar Omchand Sharma sacrificed everything for his country without thinking twice and the government even after good six years, is yet to take the first step of its promise. It may be noted that the hardships faced by his parents and other people of this village are not an issue, but recognition of his sacrifice is.