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Div Com visits Poonch, takes stock of prevailing situation on LoC

Excelsior Correspondent

Poonch, Oct 5: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr. Mandeep Bhandari, today visited Poonch and  held a series of meetings with border residents, civil society members and district administration to know and assess the situation  and hardships faced by people in the backdrop of prevailing situation on LoC.
During the meeting with border residents and civil society members, Divisional Commissioner held detailed discussions on preparing a road map for the safety of border residents like construction of bunkers, measures and preparedness for relief & rescue operations during shelling.
He took feedback regarding the implementation of welfare schemes, road connectivity, water, power and  healthcare in remote areas of this border district.
The residents of forward areas including Balakote, Mendhar, Degwar, Kirni ,Shahpour, Gagrian Sawgian apprised the Div Com about their problems.
They sought construction of bunkers for individual households, strengthening of telecommunications net works, augmentation and early completion of ongoing road projects specially the roads across the LoC fence, improvement of medical facilities including facilities of ambulances & increase in amount of relief for injured during shelling.
They also demanded special recruitment drive for border residents in police and   defense services.
The Div. Com. appreciated the courage shown by the border residents at this tough time  and  said the Government is well abreast of their problems.
He said Government is committed for their safety and security. He assured the people that all their problems will be looked into in time bound manner and very soon bunkers will be constructed.
Later, Div.Com held meeting with   district administration and reviewed the development profile of the district.
He asked the administration for formulating a roadmap for construction of bunkers, community sanitary complexes, power infrastructure for uncovered villages and resolving  other issues.
He also directed district administration to submit a proposal for construction of individual household bunkers on demand of border residents.
He also directed executive engineers of PMGSY& PWD to remove bottlenecks and complete border roads on priority basis.
On the occasion ,the Div Com handed over   relief cheque of   Rs one lakh  to next-of-kin of Afraz Ahamad  who died in cross-LoC firing in village Qasba.

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