Expedite bunkers construction at LoC to protect J&K civilians: Rajnath

Amid the 1,252 ceasefire violations by Pakistan during 2018, the Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed to expedite the construction of bunkers along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) to protect the border residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The MHA has approved Rs 415 crore for construction of more than 14,000 bunkers in Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts. Work on construction of 1,431 community and more than 13,000 individual bunkers will commence from July”, an officials said here.

Reviewing the progress of department of Jammu and Kashmir in Union Home Ministry (MHA), the Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday expressed satisfaction over the significant drop in stone-pelting incidents since the Government announced Suspension of Operations during the Ramzan.

The Government has also approved the compensation to victims of cross- border firing at NDRF rates and compensation for loss of livestock from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000.

For strengthening the security apparatus in the state, Mr Singh directed to expedite the raising of two New Border Battalions of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police. He said the recruitment should be completed by March, 2019.

MHA has approved Rs 105 crore in March, 2018 for these two battalions which would be raised from the people living within 0 to 10 kms of International Border and Line of Control.

Besides, five India Reserve Battalions (IRB) are also being raised. Total 4,690 youth have been recruited for IRB units, who will start joining by next month. Also, 6,689 Special Police Officers (SPOs) have been appointed out of a total of 10,000 new posts sanctioned. The possibility of filling up of the vacancies of SPOs from Border living community may be explored.

The J&K Division also informed that 1,079 youth have been selected during a Special recruitment drive for CAPFs and Assam Rifles in 2016-17 while 7,302 youth were inducted into the Army during the period 2014-2017.

Mr Singh was apprised of the progress of relief and rehabilitation programmes related to various sections of Migrants and Displaced Persons. 12,763 beneficiaries of Displaced persons of PoK have been disbursed with Rs 578 crore.

Reviewing the Prime Minister’s Development Package worth Rs 80,068 crore, it was informed that nearly 63,000 crore have been sanctioned for 63 projects pertaining to 15 Central Ministries. Out of which more than Rs.24,000 crore (31per cent) have been released and over Rs 20,000 crore (26 per cent) utilised. 13 projects have been completed or substantially completed. Home Minister directed to accelerate the implementation of these projects.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials of the Ministry were present in the meeting.


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