Mehbooba lends ear to displaced border residents

She appealed the leadership of Pakistan to respect the sentiment of Ramadhan and respond positively to the Ramadhan ceasefire announced by the Centre recently. T

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Jammu, Publish Date: May 26 2018 1:00AM | Updated Date: May 26 2018 1:00AM
Mehbooba lends ear to displaced border residentsGK Photo

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday visited the border areas of RS Pura, Samba and other places of Jammu province which have been severely hit by the cross border shelling during the past few days. 

She interacted with the affected people and took an on the spot appraisal of their difficulties and demands.

Minister for relief Javed Mustafa Mir accompanied her during the visit.

The Chief Minister visited RS Pura and met the affected people presently put up at the local ITI, Chakroi Farm and Satarian. She told them she was deeply distressed and anguished due to the flare-up on the borders and sought an immediate end to it to save the people of border areas from more losses of life, property and peace. 

She appealed the leadership of Pakistan to respect the sentiment of Ramadhan and respond positively to the Ramadhan ceasefire announced by the Centre recently. T

his, she said, has led people of the state to heave a sigh of relief and now the need is to extend this gesture to borders as well for which she asked Pakistan to respond positively. She reminded people that complete peace prevailed along the borders in the State for more than a decade after the ceasefire at borders reached at in 2003.

Responding to the demands of the local people, Mehbooba Mufti announced that her government would examine the demand of raising a battalion of JK Police comprising of youth exclusively from border areas. 

She also assured them that her government would look into their demand of bringing people living in areas along International Border (IB) at par with those of LoC areas in terms of facilities, perks or any incentives.

The Chief Minister also assured the people that steps would be taken to construct Border Bhawans in urban areas for the people of border areas where they can stay during the difficult times. She said her government has already got the loss to livestock included in the compensation package by the Centre.

Responding to other demands, Mehbooba said the hospital and veterinary unit at RS Pura would be equipped with more facilities.

Later, the CM visited Samba and interacted with the people from border areas at Thandi Khui and Chichi Mata Mandir.

Here also, the people of border areas raised similar demands and the Chief Minister assured to look into them. She also assured to look into the issues of late settlement of compensation cases and early settlement of other compensation cases.

The Chief Minister also gave away Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of those killed in the cross border shelling in these areas. This is over and above the ex gratia extended to them by the Jammu divisional administration already.

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