Improving Border Situation: J&K Govt Forms Panel, To Keep MHA Posted  

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Government has constituted District Level Standing Committee “to improve border security along Indo-Pakistan Border”.  

Headed by District Magistrate, the panel members include District Superintendent of Police , BSF Commandant  besides representative of IB/ R&AW/Customs/ CID/ Military Intelligence/Naval Intelligence (wherever available).  It has been tasked to “discuss/monitor” the relevant reports of Border Security at field level 

“The Committee will also deliberate on various coordination issues and support State Level Standing Committee,” reads an order issued by home department headed by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. 

The Committee has been asked to meet on monthly basis and submit copy of its proceedings to State Level Standing Committee as well as to MHA.

The decision comes on close heals of decision by the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan, deciding to ensure peace on the borders between the two countries. 

Nearly 50,000 residents of border villages in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts had migrated out of their homes because of indiscriminate targeting of civilian and military facilities by Pakistan. Similar situation prevails on other side of Kashmir.  

The decision of the DGMOs to hold fire has come as a glimmer of hope for farmers whose crops have started shedding grain for want of being harvested. Children have not gone to schools for nearly a fortnight in these areas.

As calm returned to both the LoC and the international border, authorities have decided to watch the situation for a few days before they order re-opening of schools and shifting back of the migrants.

"Once bitten, twice shy. Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope that the ceasefire holds for thousands of residents on both sides of the border," said Satpal, 49, a resident of R.S.Pura sector in Jammu district.


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