Rajnath Singh reviews rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures for border migrants

Rajouri, Publish Date: Sep 13 2017 1:09AM | Updated Date: Sep 13 2017 1:09AM
Rajnath Singh reviews rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures for border migrantsFile Photo

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the status of migration triggered by the ceasefire violations in Nowshera. He also took stock of the relief camps, rescue and rehabilitation measures besides other issues and demands of border migrants at a high level meeting on Monday.  

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Goba , Chief Secretary B B Vyas, Principal Secretary Home R K Goyal, DGP Dr S P Vaid, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr Mandeep Bhandari, IGP Dr S D Singh were present in the meeting.

Member Parliament Jugal Kishore, MLA Nowshera Ravinder Raina, MLCs Surinder Choudhary and Vibodh Gupta also attended the meeting.

The Home Minister reviewed the status of various issues and held detailed discussions with public representatives and senior officers, an official handout said. 

He asked the officers from central and state governments for comprehensive action plan about various issues and demands raised for welfare, settlement and safety of border residents, it said.

Earlier, district collector, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary made a detailed presentation about problems faced by border residents, losses due to ceasefire violation including deaths, injuries, damage of private property and schools and buildings. 

He also gave a brief resume of rescue and relief measures as well as facilities provided at the relief camps.

The DC in his presentation briefed the meeting about the status of bunkers, demand for cash compensation, 1030 Kanal state land proposed for alternative shelters, demand for special recruitment drive and education package.

He also briefed the meeting about the need for improvement in power and road infrastructure in border villages, inclusion of crop losses under Prime Minister Fasal Bhima Yojana, coverage of border migrants under SDRF norms and other proposals.

MP Jugal Kishore Sharma strongly pitched for construction of bunkers, cash compensation for crop losses and recruitment of border residents in central forces. 

MLA Ravinder Raina briefed the Home Minister for compensation to farmers located ahead of LoC fence, package for bunkers, improvement in BRO road network, infrastructure development and providing basic facilities to border residents.

MLCs Surinder Choudhary and Vibodh Gupta also spoke on the occasion. 

The Home Minister accompanied by senior officers including IGP Jammu, DIG Rajouri Deepak Slathia and SSP Yougal Manhas interacted with the students rescued from various schools during border firing.

Rajnath Singh commended DC Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary and Divisional Commissioner Dr M K Bhandari for their “meticulous and effective efforts for rescue, rehabilitation and relief measures.” He lauded the role of police and local administration for rescue of students stranded in schools. 

Later, making a special mention of district administration in his public address, the Union Home Minister lauded the administration for “exemplary efforts”. 

The Minister appreciated SSP Rajouri and police force for timely measures for protection of locals.

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