Centre sets up group to study problems of people living along LoC in J&K

Oct 7, 2017 12:23 IST
Centre sets up group to study problems of people living along LoC in J&K

The Union government has set up a study group to examine problems faced by the people living near the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of regular threats of cross-border firing.

Besides meeting locals living near the border areas, the group would be meeting the security forces deployed there as well as the district administration officials and local public representatives.

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Following are the three broad issues that will be looked into by the study group:

- Demand for land for relocation in case of shelling

- Construction of more bunkers

- Compensation issues related to shelling

The group would be required to prepare a detailed report on the main problem areas and submit its recommendations within two months. The panel would be headed by Rina Mitra, Special secretary in the Home Ministry.

Background

• India shares a 3,323-km long border with Pakistan of which 221 km IB and 740 km LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

• The competent authority has approved the constitution of the study group for considering various problems being faced by the people residing near the volatile border areas.

• According to an official from the Home Ministry, Pakistan has violated the ceasefire more than 600 times so far in 2017, the highest in a decade, in which eight civilians and 16 security personnel were killed.

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