‘Centre to constitute expert group to assess border problems, situation in J&K’

JAMMU: Asserting that the contributions of border residents, who are standing tall against ceasefire violations by the Pakistan cannot be ignored, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the Centre will soon constitute an expert group to assess the grievances and situation along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Government of India will soon frame an expert group to assess sufferings of the border people and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” Singh told reporters here this afternoon before wrapping his four-day visit to the state.
“The study group will submit its reports on utilisations of funds sanctioned for various projects under Border Area Development besides sufferings of the people and situation along border and we will work on it accordingly,” said Singh.
He further said that Pakistan seems to be in no mood to have better ties with India. “The way Pakistan is violating ceasefire agreement, it shows that they are not interested to improve its relations with India,” said the Home Minister.
Since 2014, Pakistan every year, had violated the ceasefire more than 400 times, he said and added, “Pakistan has to stop this otherwise our security forces and army will give befittingly reply to Pakistan and will force them to stop ceasefire violations today or tomorrow.”
The Home Minister also said that in view of continuous ceasefire violations, 60 bunkers along the border have been constructed and more will be built.
“We have also approved relief if anybody falls prey to bullets during ceasefire violations or suffers 50 per cent disability, the Centre will provide Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the victim,” said Singh.
On development part, the Union Minister said, “Jammu and Kashmir has three regions and we do not want to have discrimination with any of the region”. “Centre want to have comprehensive development of all the regions and keeping it in view, 63 projects have been instrumented in the state including of highways, ring road, transit accommodations under Prime Minster Development package,” said Singh.
He said that 6000 transit accommodations will be constituted in the Kashmir valley, while 3000 displaced Kashmiri Pandits will get Rs 30,000 per month assistance from the Centre. Terming Jammu as ‘City of Migrants’, Singh said, “Centre has sympathy towards displaced persons including POJK residents and Rs 2000 crore has been sanction for their rehabilitation”.
On Rohingyas settlement, he said, “our stand on illegal immigration is very firm and we are sternly dealing with it”.
Singh yesterday arrived Nowshera Sector in Rajouri and interacted with the border migrants. He also appreciated them for fighting against ceasefire violations with the security forces.
On reaching Jammu, he met nearly 35 delegations of different sections of the society to get detailed review of prevailing situation in Jammu region. (UNI)