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5,500 bunkers to be made along LoC to protect residents from cross-border shelling

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  1. Hindustani78

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    https://www.hindustantimes.com/indi...elling-govt/story-Mn5cO5Khz2GoUwobgGB3hM.html
    The project, targeted to be completed in the current financial year at a cost of Rs 153.60 crore, has already been approved by the state government and union ministry of home affairs (MHA).

    india Updated: May 27, 2018 14:48 IST

    Authorities in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir have initiated the process of constructing over 5,500 underground bunkers and 200 community halls as well as ‘border bhawans’ to help border dwellers facing the brunt of Pakistani shelling and firing.

    The project, targeted to be completed in the current financial year at a cost of Rs 153.60 crore, has already been approved by the state government and union ministry of home affairs (MHA), an official spokesperson said on Sunday.

    He said District Development Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary chaired a meeting and reviewed arrangements for initiating construction of family bunkers, community bunkers, community halls and border bhawans to facilitate safety of border residents during ceasefire violations.

    “A total of 5,196 bunkers are being constructed in seven blocks along the 120km long stretch of LoC. These include Sunderbani, Qila Drahal, Nowshera, Doongi, Rajouri, Panjgrain and Manajakote,” the spokesperson said.

    He said over 260 community bunkers and 160 community halls would also be constructed in villages located in 0-3km distance from LoC for accommodation of people during ceasefire violation prompted migration or emergency evacuation.

    “The border bhawans to accommodate more than 10,000 people will be constructed in safer areas of Sunderbani, Nowshera, Doongi, Rajouri and Manjakote,” the spokesperson said.

    He said the tendering process designed for construction of bunkers as block level projects as per MHA guidelines would start within one week and process will be completed within one month which will be followed by construction of bunkers, shelters and community halls.

    Every family residing in 0-3km range from LoC would be provided an individual family bunker during Phase-I of the project while community bunkers and halls will be strictly constructed near schools, hospitals, police stations, police posts, government buildings and panchayat ghars for safe accommodation and better utilisation during peace time, the spokesperson said.

    He said ‘tehsildars’ (revenue officials) have been directed to hand over land to executing agencies indicating area and Khasra number as well as entry in revenue records while tenders would be put in public domain within one week.

    Joint teams of Revenue, Rural Development Department, Police and Public Works Department would conduct inspection, physical verification and monitor with active cooperation from border guarding forces, he said.

    The spokesperson said all assets will be geo-tagged and monitored online at district and state level.

    In December last year, the Centre announced construction of 14,460 individual and community bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore for people living along the LoC and IB in Jammu region as a step to ensure their safety in the wake of frequent cross-border shelling.
     
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    Ministry of Home Affairs
    28-May, 2018 18:45 IST
    Union Home Minister directs expediting construction of bunkers along the IB/LoC to protect border residents in J&K

    Shri Rajnath Singh reviews progress of Department of J&K Affairs


    The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed the progress of Department of Jammu and Kashmir Affairs at a high level meeting in the Ministry of Home Affairs here today. The Union Home Minister expressed satisfaction that there has been a significant drop in stone-pelting incidents since the Government announced Suspension of Operations during the Ramzan.

    In view of 1,252 ceasefire violations by Pakistan during the current year, the Home Minister called for expediting construction of bunkers along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) to protect the border residents. The MHA has approved Rs.415 crores 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.

    The Home Minister was informed that compensation to victims of cross-border firing has been approved at NDRF rates and the limit of three milch animals removed for losses incurred upon livestock. The Minister directed that compensation for live-stock may be increased to Rs. 50,000 from Rs. 30,000 presently.

    Shri Rajnath Singh directed to expedite the raising of two New Border Battalions of J&K Police. He said the recruitment should be completed by March, 2019. MHA has approved Rs.105 crores in March, 2018. These two battalions would be raised from the people living within 0 – 10 kms of IB/LoC. Besides, 5 India Reserve Battalions (IRB) are also being raised. 4,690 youth have been recruited for this, who will start joining next month. Also, 6,689 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 Home Minister was 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.

    The Home Minister was also informed about the progress of relief and rehabilitation programmes related to various sections of Migrants and Displaced Persons. 12,763 beneficiaries of Displaced persons of PoJK have been disbursed Rs. 578 crs. Shri Rajnath Singh directed holding special camps and publicity in regional newspapers for disbursing assistance of Rs.5.5 lakhs per family to Displaced People of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Chhamb, for which MHA has provided Rs.2,000 crores.

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

    The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba were present during today’s review meeting.

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    Posted at: May 29, 2018, 12:05 AM;
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    Speed up raising of two police border battalions
    Mukesh Ranjan
    Tribune News Service
    New Delhi, May 28



    “In view of 1,252 ceasefire violations by Pakistan during the current year, Rajnath Singh called for expediting construction of bunkers along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) to protect the border residents,” a senior official said, adding that the MHA 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 would commence from July, he said.

    The officials during the hour-long meeting apprised the Home Minister that compensation to victims of cross-border firing had been approved at NDRF rates. “The minister directed that the compensation for livestock may be increased to Rs 50,000 from Rs 30,000,” a senior official said.

    It is also learnt that the minister directed the officials “to expedite raising of two new border battalions of the J&K Police”. “He said the recruitment should be completed by March, 2019. The MHA had approved Rs 105 crore in March, 2018. These two battalions would be raised from the people living within 0-10 km of the IB/LoC,” the official confirmed.

    The sources said the minister was informed that 1,079 youth had been selected during a special recruitment drive for Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles in 2016-17 while 7,302 youth were inducted into the Army during the period 2014-2017.

    Rajnath directed holding of special camps for disbursing assistance of Rs 5.5 lakh per family to displaced people of PoK and Chhamb, for which the MHA has provided Rs 2,000 crore.

    The decisions were taken at a high-level security review meeting chaired by Rajnath Singh, which was attended by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials of the J&K division in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Sources said Rajnath expressed satisfaction that there had been a significant drop in stone-throwing incidents since the Centre announced “suspension of operations” during the Ramzan.

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday directed the Jammu & Kashmir division of the ministry to expedite raising of two new border battalions of the state police and enhance compensation for loss of livestock in cross-fire from current Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000.

    1,431 community bunkers to be built
    • The Ministry of Home Affairs 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 to commence from July
     

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