Govt forms panel to study problems of people near border

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The Union Home Ministry has formed a study group to examine the problems being faced by the people residing near the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of regular ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

How will the study group work?

  • The group will meet people living in the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir, security forces deployed there, district administration officials and local public representatives and submit its report within two months.
  • They will prepare a detailed report of the issues being faced by the public living near IB and LOC and submit its recommendations on the remedial action that needs to be taken to address these issues, said the order.
  • “The study group will look into broadly three issues – demand for land for relocation in case of shelling, construction of more bunkers and compensation issues related to shelling

Why there is need to create such group?

India shares a 3,323-km long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of IB and 740 km of LoC fall in J&K.

There has been a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in recent times. Its troops have opened fire on Indian territories more than 600 times till September 30 this year, the highest number of ceasefire violations in nearly a decade, a Home Ministry official said.

There were nearly 450 ceasefire violations in 2016



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