All you should know about Centre's help for J&K border areas

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir have risen to a record high of 1,252 ceasefire violations during this year alone. Recent cross-border firing and shelling resulted in scores of casualties of border area residents. The Home Minister Rajnath Singh was apprised about the ground situation following which he called for expediting construction of bunkers along the International Border and Line of Control in the state.

1) The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday has approved Rs 415 crore for construction of more than 14,000 bunkers along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) to protect the border residents in Jammu and Kashmir from constant turmoil.

2) The bunkers are to be constructed in Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts to help border dwellers facing the brunt of Pakistani shelling and firing.

3) The whole project will commence from July this year in which 1,431 community and more than 13,000 individual bunkers will be constructed.

4) The plan is to provide a separate bunker to every family residing in 0-3 KM range from LoC during Phase-I of the project while community bunkers and halls will be strictly constructed near schools, hospitals, police stations, police posts, government buildings and Panchayat Ghars for safe accommodation and better utilization during peace time

5) The Home Minister has also ordered for raising of two new border battalions of State Police and the recruitment has been told to complete by March 2019. The government sanctioned around Rs 105 crore last March for the same. The Centre has planned that battalions would be raised from people living within 10 kilometres of the IB/LoC.

6) Five India Reserve Battalions are being raised for which 4,690 youth have been recruited. Also, 6,689 Special Police Officers (SPOs) have been appointed out of a total of 10,000 new posts sanctioned. The possibility of filling up of the vacancies of SPOs from border living community may be explored.

7) As per the reports, Home Minister was informed that 12,763 beneficiaries of displaced persons of Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir have been disbursed Rs 578 crore under relief and rehabilitation programmes for migrants and displaced persons

8) MHA has provided Rs 2,000 crore for disbursing assistance of Rs 5.5 lakh per family to such displaced people and authorities are told to hold special camps and publicity in regional newspapers.

9) It has been told that more than 260 community bunkers and 160 community halls would also be constructed in villages falling under 3KM distance from LoC for accommodation of people during ceasefire violation prompted migration or emergency evacuation. The border bhawans to accommodate more than 10,000 people will be constructed in safer areas of Sunderbani, Nowshera, Doongi, Rajouri and Manjakote.

10) The Centre has also removed the limit of three milch animals for compensation to victims of cross-border firing upon livestock loss. There is a hope that compensation for livestock may be increased to Rs 50,000 from Rs 30,000.

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Hardeep Bali