Construct more bunkers in Poonch: Dr Shehnaz

Excelsior Correspondent
POONCH, July 21: Member State Wakf Council and Ex-MLC Dr Shehnaz Ganai called on K. Skandan, Advisor to Governor J&K and raised many public issues pertaining to the public of district Poonch for consideration and early redressal.
Besides other Issues, Ganai strongly emphasized for the timely construction of bunkers at Poonch LoC by Rural Development Department as the people residing near LoC are exposed to danger of shelling from across the LoC. She said that the timely completion of bunkers will make the lives of border residents safer.
Expressing grave concern over the allocation of only 1300 to 1400 bunkers which include community and individual for district Poonch, Dr Ganai requested the Advisor that the matter needs to be looked into again because of the fact that there are more than 38,000 people of district Poonch who reside very close to LoC and destruction and damage to their lives and property is high as such as compared to other border districts of the state.
Dr Ganai told Advisor that highest number of casualties have been witnessed during the last five years across the LoC in district Poonch and the risk of the human lives and the live-stock is much higher and thus the sanction of more bunkers as such becomes necessary.
Over the years, it has been observed that Poonch district has seen discriminated on the developmental front and also for sanction of flagship Government of India schemes, said Dr Ganai and requested the Advisor that despite having 125 Km long, Line of Control the sanction of more individual and community bunkers is the most genuine demand of the public of the area.
Dr Ganai also drew the attention of Advisor towards opening of first aid centers for Animal & Sheep Husbandry Department, establishment of Handloom & Handicrafts centers, disposal of the pending compensation cases of the victims of ceasefire violation in district Poonch.


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