Omar tells officials to build bunkers for border dwellers

Jammu : With border dwellers bearing the brunt of firing by Pakistani troops, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has directed authorities to construct community bunkers in hamlets along the International Border in Jammu frontier.

Omar, who chaired a high-level meeting of divisional level officers over the issue of ceasefire violations last evening, directed construction of community bunkers in border areas which could be utilised by villagers in the hour of need.

He also directed establishment of camps for cattle with arrangements for fodder and medical treatment. Omar also visited various camps set up in Hiranagar, Samba, Bishnah and Jammu for border migrants who have been hit by the shelling from across the border. The Chief Minister asked the officers to ensure medical facilities, food, drinking water, electricity etc. for the affected families.

Meanwhile state  BJP on Friday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a clutch of demands, including Rs five lakh ex-gratia payment for the kin of those killed in Pakistan firing and construction of safe shelter camps for border migrants.

“We have submitted a memorandum on the demands concerning border migrants to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with copies to Union Home Minister and Defence Minister,” BJP state chief and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma said on Friday.

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