Jitendra Singh visits people affected by cross border shelling

Accompanied by several BJP leaders including Hiranagar MLA Kuldeep Raj, the minister heard their grievances.

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Kathua, Publish Date: May 27 2018 1:30AM | Updated Date: May 27 2018 1:30AM
Jitendra Singh visits people affected by cross border shellingFile Photo

Union Minister Jitendra Singh visited    a camp housing people affected by cross-border shelling here and assured them of early construction of underground bunkers for their safety.

Singh, the minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, interacted with the people living in the shelter at ChannKhatrian in Hiranagar sector, after days of intense firing and shelling by Pakistani troops across the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC), which left 12 people dead and thousands displaced.

Accompanied by several BJP leaders including Hiranagar MLA Kuldeep Raj, the minister heard their grievances.

However, a group of the displaced people protested after the minister left the camp, claiming that he did not listen to them.

“He was in a hurry and left soon after the people started reminding him about the promises made to the border residents by the BJP. We want concrete steps, not hallow promises,” one of the protesters said.

Earlier, responding to the demand for underground bunkers, Singh said the Centre had sanctioned the plan but the construction work could not take place due to some unavoidable reasons.

“We are promise bound to improve the living condition of the people of the border residents. The construction work on underground bunkers will start soon,” Singh said.

In December last year, the centre announced the construction of 14,460 individual and community bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore for the people living along the LoC and the IB in Jammu region as a step to ensure their safety in the wake of frequent cross-border shelling.

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