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Sep 17, 2017 12:28 PM IST | Source: PTI

J&K govt reviews preparedness in border villages

Public Health Engineering Minister Sham Lal Choudhary chaired a meeting here to review the preparedness of the administration

The Jammu and Kashmir government today reviewed the preparedness of the administration to deal with any exigency in border villages, following continued ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Public Health Engineering Minister Sham Lal Choudhary chaired a meeting here to review the preparedness of the administration to deal with any exigency in the wake of prevailing situation in border villages, an official spokesman said.

He said the minister convened the meeting after he had an interaction with the villagers, who lost their livestock in the recent cross-border firing in Sai village.

A BSF jawan has been killed and several civilians injured, while several structures including a temple have been damaged in the unprovoked and indiscriminate Pakistani firing and shelling in Arnia sector over the past four days. Several bovine animals also perished in the firing.

Choudhary inspected the community bunkers in the village and asked the law enforcement agencies to remain on high alert and take swift action, if any emergency arises.

He directed the health department to station ambulances at Sai, Arnia, and Baspur and keep their staff alert for dealing with any contingency, the spokesman said adding the animal husbandry department was also asked to provide free medicines to people whose livestock is injured in the firing.

Enquiring about the condition of community bunkers in the villages, the minister directed that power, water, and sanitation facilities should be ensured in these bunkers.

The minister directed Sub-divisional magistrate, R S Pura, to identify the places for setting up of temporary shelters and inform the people about the facility so that they can get safe havens at the time of emergency.
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