Panel to study problems of border residents

Panel to study problems of border residents”

Against a total of 449 incidents last year, there have been 600 ceasefire violations till September this year, killing eight civilians and 16 soldiers whereas last year 13 security personnel were killed.

"The competent authority has approved the constitution of a study group to consider various problems being faced by the people..." an order issued by the Union Home Ministry said. No loss of live and property have been reported so far. The principal secretary (home) in the J&K government, the divisional commissioner of Jammu and the divisional commissioner of Srinagar are members. Joint Secretary (J&K Division) in the Union Home Ministry has been included in the group as Member-Secretary.

According to MHA spokesperson Ashok Prasad, the group will prepare a detailed report of the issues faced by the public in these areas and submit recommendations for remedial actions to be taken by the government. Over the past few weeks, the neighbouring country has violated the ceasefire along the LoC for a number of times.

Pakistani border guards early on Friday resorted to heavy firing on Indian security posts in Kashmir's Poonch district but there was no casualty.

A Home Ministry official said security forces have managed to push back lot of infiltrators and many militant commanders have been neutralised in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Border Migrants Coordination Committee told the Minister that "residents need bunkers more than food as it works like bullet-proof jacket for the residents and their families".

Currently, the central government provides Rs 5 lakh to victims of cross-border firing under an assistance scheme.

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