A Union Home Ministry team on Saturday visited villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district to interact with the border residents, understand their plight and assess the damage in Pakistani ceasefire violations, an official statement said.
“A high level team of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) visited various forward villages along the LoC in Rajouri district to assess quantum of damages, problems faced by people, public demands and issues for a broadbased redressal planning.
“The team was headed by Special Secretary, MHA, Rina Mitra and included Joint Secretary, Internal Security, Gyanesh Kumar and Director MHA R.K. Swarankar,” it said, adding senior civil and police officers of the state accompanied the team.
The district and sub-divisional administration and police briefed the team about the losses due to ceasefire violation, evacuation and rescue measures, rehabilitation, issues and demands, the statement said, adding that the team assessed losses in various villages and held a detailed interaction with public at the worst-affected Jhangar village.
“People projected various demands including relief on pattern of natural calamities, crop compensation, special development package, reservation for youth in employment and education, allotment of plots, construction of more bunkers and provision of other essential facilities,” it said.
Mitra and the team also inspected the recently-onstructed individual bunkers in Langar and Danka villages, and appreciated the type, design and quality of construction and convergence model with community involvement.
“The locals also sought individual bunker for each family in villages along LoC. At Village Langar, the local residents met the delegation and handed over a memorandum of demands seeking enhancement in compensation in case of loss of life or livestock and injury as well as damage to houses,” said the statement.
The visiting team also inspected two damaged schools from where students were evacuated in July 2017, as well as visiting forward areas to assess the threat perception and prevailing situation along LoC for a better understanding of problems faced by people, it added.