The promises made by Modi Government since that time as relief and safety of the border villagers in Jammu and Kashmir in the face of ceasefire violation by Pakistan targeting the civil populations remains yet to be filled. Immediately after the Modi govt resumed power in New Delhi Jammu region saw one of the bloodiest ceasefire violations by Pakistan in terms of intensity, frequency and damages caused. Modi and his ministers spoke tough and vowed to teach Pakistan a lesson and assured community bunkers for the affected villagers so that human life can be saved. There have been over 600 ceasefire violations in 2018 with R S Pura, Arnia villages in Jammu region worst affected besides Poonch and Rajouri on the Line of Control. This region also saw Pak-supported infiltration bids. In all these years over on an average hundred such violations respectively on the LoC managed by the Army. It looks the 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that resulted in death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK.BJP govt had promised alternative land pieces to the villagers also in the wake of Pak firing. Now Pakistan has been violating ceasefire with impunity once again the demand for community bunkers have been raised by the affected villagers. The border dwellers are now batting for construction of community bunkers to safeguard themselves from the heavy cross-border shelling, which have seen a spike since 2002. The Jammu and Kashmir government had in 2015 submitted a proposal to the Centre for setting up of over 20,000 bunkers at a cost of over Rs 1,000 crore in 448 border areas in the state. The proposal was to cover a population of 4,02,455 living close to the border areas in districts of Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch. But ask the border residents who face the onslaught not much has changed all along the borders.
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