JAMMU, FEB 27: Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary today distributed cheques amounting to Rs 15 lakh as relief among 27 beneficiaries of villages Jeora-Rakh, Sai and Suchetgarh, whose livestock were killed in cross- border firing during last year. The Minister said that earlier the amount of compensation could not be paid to border residents at time of loss of their livestock. He said that the State Government took up issue with the Union Government and now it has been incorporated in State Disaster Relief fund. He said that now the compensation is being paid to people whose livestock killed during cross-border firing at par with calamities covered under State Disaster Response Funds. Sham Choudhary said that the Government has approved different rate for different categories of animals which include Milch animals, Drought animals, Small animals and Poultry, adding that paying compensation for loss of animals has been proved supportive to border people as large number of their cattle die in cross-border firing and shelling during cease-firing violations. Earlier, the Minister inaugurated Blood Grouping Campaign organized by the BJYM at Primary Health Centre, Chakroi. The aim of the campaign was to ascertain blood group of participants and formation of directory, so that concerned person can be contact at the time of requirement of blood during any exigency.
Appreciating the efforts of organizers for taking initiative in this regard, the Minister said that it would go a long way in saving the precious life of patients who require blood without wasting time as well. He said that similar camps would also be held in other districts of the State so that maximum people are covered under the campaign. He appealed people in general and youth in particular to register themselves and help in making the campaign successful. Urging youth to donate blood voluntarily, the Minister said that our little effort can save precious life of needy patients.