JAMMU: There has been sudden spurt in firing from across the border along the International Border and Line of Control during the past few days in areas of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch districts, the government said Saturday.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri told the legislative assembly that damage due to cross border firing in the affected areas was colossal.
Responding to the concern expressed by the members over the loss of human lives, livestock and damage to the properties in border shelling, Veeri said government was taking all possible measures to avoid further loss of life and property in wake of border and Cross LoC shelling.
He said alternate arrangements have also been made for boarding and lodging of the affected population.
Stating that that there has been colossal damage in the affected border areas Veeri said and the deputy commissioners have been asked to sanction ex-gratia/ compensation as per the NDRF norms to the affected persons. He said the situation is being monitored closely and all steps to provide the required support to the affected persons.
He said that the relief and compensation for house damages, crop/livestock losses, relief for stay at relief camps and displacement etc is payable at the rates equal to NDRF that are fixed from time to time.
He said further Rs 50 lakh has been provided out of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for meeting the cost of treatment/medicines for the injured cattle/livestock. Besides, several teams have been constituted for the survey/treatment of the affected livestock/cattle.