STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: For the past seven days hundreds of border residents are camping in different relief camps, set up by the State government across different villages of Nowshera and with every passing day their numbers are swelling due to fear factor and random targeting of civilian areas by the beleaguered Pakistan army. Till late Wednesday evening, over 550 families, comprising 2198 people were camping across relief camps in Nowshera.
Even though the district authorities are spending huge sums of money from their own resources to provide all possible facilities, including ration to these people but they are a dissatisfied lot. Reason their long pending demand of constructing bunkers is yet to be fulfilled.
On their part, the district authorities are feeling helpless too in the absence of adequate funds in their kitty.
According to official sources, “The government has not allocated even a single paisa in recent years for constructing bunkers despite frequent incidents of ceasefire violations”. Last year, at the peak of hostilities, the Union government
had released a sum of Rs 3 crores for construction of 60 bunkers in Jammu-each to cost Rs 5 lakh.
Rajouri district was not allocated single paisa for construction of bunkers out of these funds.
Highly placed official sources claimed the district authorities have been instructed by Dr Shahid Choudhary to prepare a rough contingency plan and earmark villages which are in need of bunkers to ensure safety of large section of population. Even when Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh visited border residents in relief camps, the local villagers pleaded their cause and passionately appealed to him to allocate money for construction of bunkers.
The Deputy Chief Minister had given them assurance to find a solution.
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